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verb retire pronunciation in American English /rɪˈtaɪr/
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present tense
present participleretiring
past tenseretired
past participleretired

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to stop working, especially when you reach the age when you are officially too old to work
    retire from: He retired from the army last month.
    retire as: Mr. Garroway retired as chairman of the historical society in May.
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  2. 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.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to stop taking part in a game or sports competition because you are injured or sick, or to make someone do this
    He retired hurt with a bloody nose.
  4. 4
    [transitive] American in baseball, to end a batters or teams turn at batting by getting the batter out
    The pitcher retired eight batters before the eighth inning.
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  5. 6
    [intransitive] mainly literary to go to bed at the end of the day in order to sleep


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