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Adjective: retiring  ri'tI(-u)-ring
  1. Not arrogant or presuming
    "a shy retiring girl";
    - unassuming
     
  2. Of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
    "a retiring member of the board";
    - past, preceding
     
  3. Reluctant to draw attention to yourself
    - reticent, self-effacing
Verb: retire  ri'tI(-u)r
  1. Go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position
    "He retired at age 68"
     
  2. Stop taking active part
    "He retired from chess";
    - withdraw
     
  3. Pull back or move away or backward
    "The enemy retired";
    - withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, move back
     
  4. Withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds
     
  5. Break from a meeting or gathering
    "The men retired to the library";
    - adjourn, withdraw
     
  6. Make (someone) retire
    "The director was retired after the scandal"
     
  7. Dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)
    "She finally retired that old coat"
     
  8. Lose interest
    "he retired from life when his wife died";
    - withdraw
     
  9. (baseball) cause to be out on a fielding play
    - put out
     
  10. (baseball) cause to get out
    "The pitcher retired three batters";
    - strike out
     
  11. Prepare for sleep
    "He retires at the crack of dawn";
    - go to bed, turn in, bed, crawl in, kip down, hit the hay, hit the sack, sack out, go to sleep

See also: modest, outgoing, unassertive

Type of: can [N. Amer, informal], cast aside, cast away, cast out, cease, chuck out, close, close down, close up, diddle, discard, discontinue, dismiss, displace, dispose, fatigue, fiddle, fire, fling, fold, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, give up, go, jade, lay off, leave office, locomote, move, pall, play, put away, quit, recall, resign, sack, send away, shut down, step down, stop, surcease [archaic], terminate, throw away, throw out, tire, toss, toss away, toss out, toy, travel, weary

Encyclopedia: Retiring

Retire, Cornwall