1540–50; retire + -ing2

retiringly, adverb
retiringness, noun
nonretiring, adjective
unretiring, adjective

2. diffident, bashful, timid. Unabridged


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
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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]

retiring (rɪˈtaɪərɪŋ)
shunning contact with others; shy; reserved

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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
He needed one last great adventure, and the revenue from the bestselling book
  that was sure to follow, before retiring.
Next you re going to complain that curing cancer is a conspiracy to prevent
  people from retiring early.
Then he began to talk of retiring altogether from public life.
Is slightly shy and retiring but not to any abnormal extent.
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