• WordNet 3.6
    • v retire prepare for sleep "I usually turn in at midnight","He goes to bed at the crack of dawn"
    • v retire cause to get out "The pitcher retired three batters","the runner was put out at third base"
    • v retire cause to be out on a fielding play
    • v retire lose interest "he retired from life when his wife died"
    • v retire pull back or move away or backward "The enemy withdrew","The limo pulled away from the curb"
    • v retire dispose of (something no longer useful or needed) "She finally retired that old coat"
    • v retire go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position "He retired at age 68"
    • v retire withdraw from active participation "He retired from chess"
    • v retire make (someone) retire "The director was retired after the scandal"
    • v retire break from a meeting or gathering "We adjourned for lunch","The men retired to the library"
    • v retire withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most senior crayon maker Emerson Moser retired after making 1.4 billion crayons for Crayola. It was then that he revealed that he was actually colorblind
    • Retire (Mil) A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.
    • Retire The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires. "The battle and the retire of the English succors.""Eve] discover'd soon the place of her retire ."
    • Retire 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.
    • Retire 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 .""The mind contracts herself, and shrinketh in,
      And to herself she gladly doth retire ."
    • Retire To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.
    • Retire To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.
    • Retire 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."
    • Retire To withdraw from a public station, or from business; as, having made a large fortune, he retired . "And from Britannia's public posts retire ."
    • Retire To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note.
    • Retire To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively. "He . . . retired himself, his wife, and children into a forest.""As when the sun is present all the year,
      And never doth retire his golden ray."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run on May 6, 1915. He was playing for the Boston Red Sox at the time. 'The Sultan of Swat' went on to smash 714 round-trippers before he retired, as a New York Yankee, in 1935.
    • retire To draw back; take or lead back; cause to move backward or retreat.
    • retire To take away; withdraw: remove.
    • retire To lead apart from others; bring into retirement; remove as from a company or a frequented place into seclusion: generally with a reflexive pronoun.
    • retire To withdraw; separate; abstract.
    • retire Specifically, to remove from active service; place on the retired list, as of the army or navy.
    • retire To recover; redeem; regain by the payment of a sum of money; hence, specifically, to withdraw from circulation by taking up and paying: as, to retire the bonds of a railway company; to retire a bill.
    • retire To draw back; go back; return.
    • retire To draw back; fall back; retreat, as from battle or danger.
    • retire To withdraw; go away or apart; depart; especially, to betake one's self, as from a company or a frequented place, into privacy; go into retirement or seclusion; in the army or navy, to go voluntarily on the retired list.
    • retire To withdraw from business or active life.
    • retire Specifically, to go to bed.
    • retire To slope back; recede; retreat.
    • retire Synonyms and To depart, recede. See retreat.
    • n retire The act of retiring; withdrawal. Specifically— Return; removal to a former place or position.
    • n retire Retreat, especially in war.
    • n retire Retirement; withdrawal into privacy or seclusion; hence, a state of retirement.
    • n retire A place of retirement or withdrawal.
    • n retire Repair; resort.
    • retire In the law of negotiable instruments: To take up (a bill or note) from a prior transferee and thereafter hold (it) with all remedies intact: said of an indorser.
    • retire To retire (a bill or note) by taking (it) up at maturity, with all remedies on it extinguished: said of an acceptor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.
    • v.i Retire rē-tīr′ to draw back: to retreat: to recede: to go to bed
    • v.t Retire to withdraw from circulation, as to retire a bill: to cause to retire
    • n Retire a call sounded on a bugle: act of retiring: retreat:
    • n Retire (obs.) a place of retreat
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  • Charles Francis Adams
    Charles Francis Adams
    “In this country men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “God's retirement plan is out of this world”
  • Omar Nelson Bradley
    Omar Nelson Bradley
    “I am convinced that the best service a retired general can perform is to turn in his tongue along with his suit, and to mothball his opinions.”
  • Pablo Casals
    Pablo Casals
    “To retire is to die.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. retirer,; pref. re-, re- + tirer, to draw. See Tirade


In literature:

In the summer of the same year the Kiri-Tsubo-Koyi became ill, and wished to retire from the palace.
"Japanese Literature" by Various
Then we retired for the evening.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
This Madagascar pirate was a carpenter by trade, who had by 1716 retired from the sea and lived in splendour in that island.
"The Pirates' Who's Who" by Philip Gosse
Bressant retired in 1875, and died on the 23rd of January 1886.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
As Fergus was equally anxious that no alarm should be given, at present, he retired quietly.
"With Frederick the Great" by G. A. Henty
It was impossible for him to retire to the cloister without seeing his pupil.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
There was some ground for his suppositions, for Jackson had retired a short distance and Longstreet's advanced guard had also fallen back.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
At this moment Cathelineau with his two generals came up, and Leigh retired from the circle.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty
He refused to sit up at night sessions, abruptly leaving when his hour for retiring arrived.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
He found himself in a retired spot, and no one being near, he sat down to reflect and recover his breath.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng

In poetry:

Dark grow the windows,
And quenched is the fire;
Sound fades into silence,—
All footsteps retire.
"Curfew" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But when we bid the band retire,
And the Sun unhorse his cars,
We hear an empyrean choir
And see-the Silent Stars.
"Evensong" by Bernard O Dowd
Ye that know my secret fire,
Softly speak and soon retire;
Favour my divine repose,
Spare the sleep a God bestows.
"Repose In God" by William Cowper
I only turn, by grief inspired,
Like some forsaken thing,
To look upon a life retired
As hushed Bethesda’s spring.
"Robert Parkes" by Henry Kendall
Oh, Heaven! it is cruel to perish by fire,
Therefore let us be watchful before to our beds we retire,
And see that everything is in safe order before we fall asleep,
And pray that God o'er us in the night watch will keep.
"The Disastrous Fire at Scarborough" by William Topaz McGonagall
He out of snaky lips did hiss forth thanks.
Then said he, "Tartis and Deleisonon,
Receive your wages." So their fetters fell;
And they retiring, lauded him, and cried,
"King, reign forever." Then he mourned, "Amen."
"A Story Of Doom: Book III." by Jean Ingelow

In news:

He retired from the Steubenville Water Department, and she retired from Kmart, where she was an office manager.
One of the best things you can do for your retirement is to max out your retirement plan contributions.
If they are using a CD to plan for retirement, help them appreciate and explore alternative opportunities that may exist with Fixed Index Annuities for a portion of their retirement savings.
The workshops will provide a step-by-step approach to explain topics that include retirement benefits, beneficiary options, group life insurance, taxability of the pension and health benefits in retirement.
The Retirement with Sense Advisor's System has been designed to guide independent insurance and securities representatives toward becoming balanced retirement planning advocates for their clients.
I am a 63-year-old retired teacher who invested in a tax-deferred retirement account through work while employed.
LaDona M Wellman, 90, a retired teacher and volunteer instructor of china painting, died of cancer Sunday in the Otterbein-Cridersville Retirement Community.
Toby Herzing of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) presented the Tree City USA plaque to guest speaker Dennis Posteraro, retired educator and recently retired city parks director.
The years immediately preceding retirement, and the first couple of years of actual retirement, are a critical time for individuals.
Some retirement plans allow the account owner to select an annuity - a specific annual amount - that will be paid to them during retirement.
There is no interest being paid for bank CDs, IRAs and some other retirement accounts that today's seniors saved for a decent retirement.
If you are retired or on the verge of retirement, it's important to consider how your income and assets could be impacted by potential loss.
Fleet's retirement should be put on hold, retired senator-astronaut says.
Robert Butcher, retired pastor emeritus of Firelands Presbytherian Church, and Gregory Fox, retired choral director.
Now that Michael Phelps is officially retired from Olympic competition, he has the rest of his life to do what retired people do: play golf.

In science:

Most importantly, potential showstoppers have to be identified, and the highest risks have to be retired as soon as possible.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
We can think of τ as a random horizon such as the retirement time, or some other market-exit time.
Utility Maximization with a Stochastic Clock and an Unbounded Random Endowment
The random endowment Eτ has the interpretation of the retirement package.
Utility Maximization with a Stochastic Clock and an Unbounded Random Endowment
Characteristic p is for the time when we retire.
Towards classification of simple finite dimensional modular Lie superalgebras
When I came to CERN, Maurice had already officially retired (which simply meant he was travelling more in his various international leadership roles on which others report elsewhere in this volume).
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme