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Definition of retire:

  1. A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.
  2. The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires.
  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.
  4. 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.
  5. To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.
  6. To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.
  7. To retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle.
  8. To withdraw from a public station, or from business; as, having made a large fortune, he retired.
  9. To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note.
  10. To withdraw; to take away; - sometimes used reflexively.


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