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 If something is withdrawn from circulation, it can also be retired.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.

Primary Meanings of retire

1.
v
withdraw from active participation
2.
v
pull back or move away or backward
3.
v
prepare for sleep
4.
v
dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)
5.
v
cause to be out on a fielding play
Full Definitions of retire
1

v withdraw from active participation

“He retired from chess”
Synonyms:
withdraw
withdraw
lose interest
bow out, withdraw
retire gracefully
Types:
drop out
withdraw from established society, especially because of disillusion with conventional values
Type of:
cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop
put an end to a state or an activity

v go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position

“He retired at age 68”
Types:
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

v make (someone) retire

“The director was retired after the scandal”
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

v break from a meeting or gathering

“The men retired to the library”
Synonyms:
adjourn, withdraw
seclude, sequester, sequestrate, withdraw
keep away from others
Types:
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

v lose interest

“he retired from life when his wife died”
Synonyms:
withdraw
withdraw
withdraw from active participation
Types:
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
2

v 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
Antonyms:
advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress
move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
Types:
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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
3

v 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
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
4

v dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)

“She finally retired that old coat”
Type of:
cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out
throw or cast away

v withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds

Type of:
recall
make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution
5

v cause to be out on a fielding play

Synonyms:
put out
Type of:
diddle, fiddle, play, toy
manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

v cause to get out

“The pitcher retired three batters”
Synonyms:
strike out

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