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Definition of Retire


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

Retire Quotations

I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I'm more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.
Lionel Messi

The jobs crisis has reached a boiling point, which is why we see Occupy Wall Street protestors crying out for an America that lets all of us reach for the American Dream again - a dream that says if you work hard and play by the rules, you can have a good life and retire with dignity.
John Garamendi

In my situation, unlike some players who retire because they have no choice - either teams don't want them or injuries have caused them to retire, and they just can't do it - for me, I really had never thought I would give out mentally before I gave out physically, but I think that was the case.
Brett Favre

Men are able to sustain a career into their 50s and 60s and still present themselves as sex symbols. With women, on the other hand, people say, 'Why doesn't she retire?'
Tracy Chapman

I don't care what other people think as long as I am happy. The day I die or retire, I have blown all my chances because I don't have the chance any more to change my image as an F1 driver.
Sebastian Vettel
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Retire Translations

retire in Afrikaans is aftree
retire in Dutch is aftreden, met pensioen gaan
retire in French is retirent, retirez, se retirer, retirer, retirons
retire in Latin is defungo, abeo, recedo, cubitum ire, recedo
retire in Portuguese is aposente
retire in Spanish is retirarse
retire in Swedish is retirera, dra sig tillbaka
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