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verb American English pronunciation: retire /rɪˈtaɪr/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyretire
he/she/itretires
present participleretiring
past tenseretired
past participleretired

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  1. 2
    [intransitive] formal to leave a place, position, or way of life in order to go somewhere quieter or to live a less active life

    The committee will now retire in order to discuss these issues.

    retire from:

    At the age of 83, she finally retired from public life.

    retire to:

    In the evenings, Lloyd retired to his study to write.

  2. 4
    [transitive] American in baseball, to end a batter's or team's turn at batting by getting the batter out

    The pitcher retired eight batters before the eighth inning.

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