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retire

re·tire

retire

 
 
pronunciation:
rih taIr
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: retired, retires, retiring
definition 1: to cease work or active life.
She retired from teaching at age sixty-five.They're trying to save money so that they can retire comfortably.
similar words:
abdicate, leave, quit, resign, vacate
definition 2: to withdraw to seek shelter or seclusion.
Tired of making small talk with the guests, he retired to his study.
synonyms:
retreat, withdraw
similar words:
depart, estivate, repair, rusticate, shelter
definition 3: to go to bed.
The adults had all retired, but the children were still up talking.
synonyms:
rest
antonyms:
rise, stir
similar words:
hit the sack, relax, repose, sack out, sleep
definition 4: to remove oneself from a particular place or situation, esp. one of danger.
The remaining soldiers retired for safety into the mountains.
synonyms:
depart, leave, withdraw
antonyms:
advance
similar words:
evacuate, quit, retreat, vacate
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to remove (money or bonds) from circulation.
These coins were retired some years ago and are no longer in use.
similar words:
pay off, reclaim, redeem, repay, requite
definition 2: to cause to cease work or active service.
The company retired her after thirty years of service.The horse had to be retired from racing after the injury.
synonyms:
discharge, dismiss, pension off
similar words:
rest
definition 3: in baseball, to put out.
That catch will make the third out and retire the side.The pitcher easily retired the first two batters.
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  • retired:
    having given up a job or life of work.