retire


retire
retire (v.) 1530s, of armies, "to retreat," from M.Fr. retirer "to withdraw (something)," from re- "back" (see RE- (Cf. re-)) + O.Fr. tirer "to draw" (see TIRADE (Cf. tirade)). Meaning "to withdraw to some place for the sake of seclusion" is recorded from 1530s; sense of "leave an occupation" first attested 1640s (implied in retirement). Meaning "to leave company and go to bed" is from 1660s. Baseball sense of "to put out" is recorded from 1874. Related: Retired; retiring.

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  • retiré — retiré, ée [ r(ə)tire ] adj. • XVIe; de retirer 1 ♦ (Personnes) Qui s est retiré. Retiré dans un lieu, quelque part. RETIRÉ DE. « le désir d être de plus en plus retiré du monde et dans un cloître d études et d oubli » (Sainte Beuve). ♢ Absolt… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • retiré — retiré, ée (re ti ré, rée) part. passé de retirer. 1°   Ramené en tirant. Un homme retiré vivant de dessous les décombres. 2°   Tiré en arrière, contracté. •   Ma peau est toute sèche et toute retirée, SACI Bible, Job, VII, 5. •   Les pattes… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • retire — re·tire vb re·tired, re·tir·ing vi: to withdraw from an action the jury retired for deliberations vt: to withdraw from circulation or from the market retire a loan retire stock Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …   Law dictionary

  • Retire — Re*tire , v. i. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] To Una back he cast …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retire — Re*tire , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retiring}.] [F. retirer; pref. re re + tirer to draw. See {Tirade}.] 1. To withdraw; to take away; sometimes used reflexively. [1913 Webster] He . . . retired himself, his wife, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retire — Re*tire , n. 1. The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The battle and the retire of the English succors. Bacon. [1913 Webster] [Eve] discover d soon the place of her retire.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retire — [ri tīr′] vi. retired, retiring [Fr retirer < re , back + tirer, to draw < VL * tirare] 1. to go away, retreat, or withdraw to a private, sheltered, or secluded place 2. to go to bed 3. to give ground, as in battle; retreat; withdraw 4. to… …   English World dictionary

  • retiré — Retiré, [retir]ée. part. passif. Il a les significations de son verbe. Il est aussi adj. & sign. Solitaire. C est un homme fort retiré. il mene une vie retirée. un lieu retiré, esteigné du bruit …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • retire — withdraw, *go, leave, depart, quit Analogous words: *recede, retreat: recoil, *rebound, resile: *relinquish, yield, surrender, abandon …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • retire — [v] leave a place or responsibility absent oneself, decamp, deny oneself, depart, draw back, ebb, exit, fall back, get away, get off, give ground, give up work, give way, go, go away, go to bed, go to one’s room*, go to sleep, hand over, hit the… …   New thesaurus


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