Retire Re*tire", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retiring}.] [F. retirer; pref. re- re- + tirer to draw. See {Tirade}.] 1. To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively. [1913 Webster]

He . . . retired himself, his wife, and children into a forest. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

As when the sun is present all the year, And never doth retire his golden ray. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

2. To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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