retire

If you stop working by choice and leave your position or occupation, you retire. If you are lucky, you can retire early in order to sail around the world, but most people can't retire until they are old enough to collect retirement benefits.

If you go to bed in the evening, you retire. If your younger siblings are being loud and obnoxious, you can retire to the basement to get some privacy and quiet. If something is withdrawn from circulation, it can also be retired. When a beloved player leaves a sports team, often the number assigned to him or her is retired and no one else can use that number.

Definitions of retire
  1. verb
    withdraw from active participation
    “He retired from chess”
    synonyms: withdraw
    withdraw
    lose interest
    bow out, withdraw
    retire gracefully
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    drop out
    withdraw from established society, especially because of disillusion with conventional values
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    cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop
    put an end to a state or an activity
  2. verb
    go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position
    “He retired at age 68”
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    superannuate
    retire or become ineligible because of old age or infirmity
    bow out, withdraw
    retire gracefully
    type of:
    leave office, quit, resign, step down
    give up or retire from a position
  3. verb
    make (someone) retire
    “The director was retired after the scandal”
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    types:
    superannuate
    retire and pension (someone) because of age or physical inability
    type of:
    can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
    terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
  4. verb
    break from a meeting or gathering
    “The men retired to the library”
    synonyms: adjourn, withdraw
    seclude, sequester, sequestrate, withdraw
    keep away from others
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    prorogue
    adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body
    type of:
    close, close down, close up, fold, shut down
    cease to operate or cause to cease operating
  5. verb
    lose interest
    “he retired from life when his wife died”
    synonyms: withdraw
    withdraw
    withdraw from active participation
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    back down, back off, bow out, chicken out, pull out
    remove oneself from an obligation
    resile
    pull out from an agreement, contract, statement, etc.
    type of:
    fatigue, jade, pall, tire, weary
    lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
  6. verb
    pull back or move away or backward
    synonyms: draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retreat, withdraw
    back away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw
    make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
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    advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress
    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
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    fall back
    move back and away from
    retreat, retrograde
    move back
    back down, back off, back up
    move backwards from a certain position
    ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out
    flow back or recede
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  7. verb
    prepare for sleep
    synonyms: bed, crawl in, go to bed, go to sleep, hit the hay, hit the sack, kip down, sack out, turn in
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    Antonyms:
    arise, get up, rise, turn out, uprise
    get up and out of bed
    types:
    bed down, bunk down
    go to bed
    crash, doss, doss down
    sleep in a convenient place
  8. verb
    dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)
    “She finally retired that old coat”
  9. verb
    withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds
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    recall
    make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution
  10. verb
    cause to be out on a fielding play
    synonyms: put out
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    diddle, fiddle, play, toy
    manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
  11. verb
    cause to get out
    “The pitcher retired three batters”
    synonyms: strike out
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