Re·tire v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retired p. pr. & vb. n. Retiring.]
1. To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively.
He . . . retired himself, his wife, and children into a forest. --Sir P. Sidney.
As when the sun is present all the year,
And never doth retire his golden ray. --Sir J. Davies.
2. To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note.
3. To cause to retire; specifically, to designate as no longer qualified for active service; to place on the retired list; as, to retire a military or naval officer.
Re·tire v. i.
1. To go back or return; to draw back or away; to keep aloof; to withdraw or retreat, as from observation; to go into privacy; as, to retire to his home; to retire from the world, or from notice.
To Una back he cast him to retire. --Spenser.
The mind contracts herself, and shrinketh in,
And to herself she gladly doth retire. --Sir J. Davies.
2. To retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle.
Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. --2 Sam. xi. 15.
3. To withdraw from a public station, or from business; as, having made a large fortune, he retired.
And from Britannia's public posts retire. --Addison.
4. To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.
5. To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.
Syn: -- To withdraw; leave; depart; secede; recede; retreat; retrocede.
1. The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires. [Obs.]
The battle and the retire of the English succors. --Bacon.
[Eve] discover'd soon the place of her retire. --Milton.
2. Mil. A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.
v 1: go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw
from one's position; "He retired at age 68"
2: withdraw from active participation; "He retired from chess"
3: pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew";
"The limo pulled away from the curb" [syn: withdraw, retreat,
pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, move
4: move back and away from; "The enemy fell back" [syn: recede,
fall back] [ant: advance]
5: withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills,
shares, and bonds
6: break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch";
"The men retired to the library" [syn: adjourn, withdraw]
7: make (someone) retire; "The director was retired after the
8: dispose of; as of old clothes; "She finally retired that old
coat" [syn: pension off]
9: lose interest; "he retired from life when his wife died"
10: cause to be out on a fielding play [syn: put out]
11: cause to retire; "The pitcher retired three batters"; "the
runner was put out at third base" [syn: strike out]
12: go to bed in order to sleep; "I usually turn in at
midnight"; "He turns out at the crack of dawn" [syn: go
to bed, turn in, bed, crawl in, kip down, hit
the hay, hit the sack, sack out, go to sleep]
[ant: get up, get up]