Retire

Definition of Retire

Re`tire´
v. t.1.To withdraw; to take away; - sometimes used reflexively.
[imp. & p. p. Retired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Retiring.]
He . . . retired himself, his wife, and children into a forest.
- Sir P. Sidney.
As when the sun is present all the year,
And never doth retire his golden ray.
- Sir J. Davies.
2.To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note.
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.
v. i.1.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.
- Spenser.
The mind contracts herself, and shrinketh in,
And to herself she gladly doth retire.
- Sir J. Davies.
2.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.
- 2 Sam. xi. 15.
3.To withdraw from a public station, or from business; as, having made a large fortune, he retired.
And from Britannia's public posts retire.
- Addison.
4.To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.
5.To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.
n.1.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.
- Bacon.
[Eve] discover'd soon the place of her retire.
- Milton.
2.(Mil.) A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.

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