retire: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ri-tīr'), [key]
— v., n. -tired, -tir•ing,
  1. to withdraw, or go away or apart, to a place of privacy, shelter, or seclusion: He retired to his study.
  2. to go to bed: He retired at midnight.
  3. to withdraw from office, business, or active life, usually because of age: to retire at the age of sixty.
  4. to fall back or retreat in an orderly fashion and according to plan, as from battle, an untenable position, danger, etc.
  5. to withdraw or remove oneself: After announcing the guests, the butler retired.
  1. to withdraw from circulation by taking up and paying, as bonds, bills, etc.; redeem.
  2. to withdraw or lead back (troops, ships, etc.), as from battle or danger; retreat.
  3. to remove from active service or the usual field of activity, as an army officer or business executive.
  4. to withdraw (a machine, ship, etc.) permanently from its normal service, usually for scrapping; take out of use.
  5. to put out (a batter, side, etc.).
—n. Literary.
  1. a place of withdrawal; retreat: a cool retire from summer's heat.
  2. retirement or withdrawal, as from worldly matters or the company of others.


Pronunciation: (Fr. ru-tē-rā'), [key]
— pl. -ti•rés
  1. a movement in which the dancer brings one foot to the knee of the supporting leg and then returns it to the fifth position.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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