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verb retire pronunciation in British English /rɪˈtaɪə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyretire
he/she/itretires
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.
  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 ill, or to make someone do this
    He retired hurt with a bloody nose.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to remove machines or equipment from a place because they are old and no longer useful
    My printer was three years old, so I retired it.

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