Definitions of retire

  1. To go from company or from a public place into privacy; to withdraw; to break up; to retreat; to recede.
  2. To withdraw; draw back; go away; go to bed.
  3. To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note.
  4. 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.
  5. To withdraw; to take away; - sometimes used reflexively.
  6. To withdraw; as, to retire forces; to withdraw from circulation, or from the market; as, to retire currency; to cause to give up active service; as, to retire a policeman.
  7. To withdraw: to cause to retire.
  8. 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.
  9. To retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle.
  10. To withdraw from a public station, or from business; as, having made a large fortune, he retired.
  11. To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.
  12. To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.
  13. To go to a place of privacy; withdraw from business, official, or active life; to go to bed.
  14. To draw back: to retreat: to recede.
  15. To draw back; recede; go into privacy or private life.
  16. go to bed in order to sleep; " I usually turn in at midnight"; " He turns out at the crack of dawn"
  17. pull back or move away or backward; " The enemy withdrew"; " The limo pulled away from the curb"
  18. move back and away from; " The enemy fell back"
  19. dispose of; as of old clothes; " She finally retired that old coat"
  20. in baseball; " The pitcher retired three batters"
  21. go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position; " He retired at age 68"
  22. withdraw from active participation; " He retired from chess"
  23. make ( someone) retire; " The director was retired after the scandal"
  24. cause to retire; " The pitcher retired three batters"; " the runner was put out at third base"
  25. cause to be out on a fielding play
  26. withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds
  27. To cause to withdraw; to take up and pay, as a bill, when due.
  28. To depart; to withdraw; to go from company; to withdraw from business or active life; to fall back, as the tide from the shore; to take up and pay when due, as a bill of exchange.
  29. A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.