verb (used without object), retired, retiring.
to withdraw, or go away or apart, to a place of privacy, shelter, or seclusion: He retired to his study.
to go to bed: He retired at midnight.
to withdraw from office, business, or active life, usually because of age: to retire at the age of sixty.
to fall back or retreat in an orderly fashion and according to plan, as from battle, an untenable position, danger, etc.
to withdraw or remove oneself: After announcing the guests, the butler retired.
verb (used with object), retired, retiring.
to withdraw from circulation by taking up and paying, as bonds, bills, etc.; redeem.
to withdraw or lead back (troops, ships, etc.), as from battle or danger; retreat.
to remove from active service or the usual field of activity, as an army officer or business executive.
to withdraw (a machine, ship, etc.) permanently from its normal service, usually for scrapping; take out of use.
Sports. to put out (a batter, side, etc.).
noun Literary.
a place of withdrawal; retreat: a cool retire from summer's heat.
retirement or withdrawal, as from worldly matters or the company of others.

1525–35; < Middle French retirer to withdraw, equivalent to re- re- + tirer to draw

retirer, noun

5. leave, withdraw. See depart. Unabridged


[French ruh-tee-rey]
noun, plural retirés [French ruh-tee-rey] . Ballet.
a movement in which the dancer brings one foot to the knee of the supporting leg and then returns it to the fifth position.

< French, past participle of retirer to retire Unabridged
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retire (rɪˈtaɪə)
1.  (also tr) to give up or to cause (a person) to give up his work, a post, etc, esp on reaching pensionable age (in Britain and Australia usually 65 for men, 60 for women)
2.  to go away, as into seclusion, for recuperation, etc
3.  to go to bed
4.  to recede or disappear: the sun retired behind the clouds
5.  to withdraw from a sporting contest, esp because of injury
6.  (also tr) to pull back (troops, etc) from battle or an exposed position or (of troops, etc) to fall back
7.  (tr)
 a.  to remove (bills, bonds, shares, etc) from circulation by taking them up and paying for them
 b.  to remove (money) from circulation
[C16: from French retirer, from Old French re- + tirer to pull, draw]

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Word Origin & History

1533, of armies, "to retreat," from M.Fr. retirer "to withdraw (something)," from re- "back" + O.Fr. tirer "to draw" (see tirade). Meaning "to withdraw to some place for the sake of seclusion" is recorded from 1538; sense of "leave an occupation" first attested 1648 (implied
in retirement). Meaning "to leave company and go to bed" is from 1670. Baseball sense of "to put out" is recorded from 1874. Retiree is attested from 1945.
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Example sentences
Those who have received the blessings retire with spiritual satisfaction.
The step is really great if you work at the building and have a rooftop garden
  to retire to during breaks and lunch.
If one threat is repeated, religion ritualizes it and in doing so maintain the
  awe while retire the fear of that threat.
But, once the observations show that this claim is false, scientists retire it
  and replace it with a different falsifiable claim.
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