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retire (v.)

1530s, of armies, "to retreat," from French retirer "to withdraw (something)," from re- "back" (see re-) + Old French tirer "to draw" (see tirade). Related: Retired; retiring.

Meaning "to withdraw" to some place, especially for the sake of privacy, 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. Transitive sense is from 1540s, originally "withdraw, lead back" (troops, etc.); meaning "to remove from active service" is from 1680s. Baseball sense of "to put out" is recorded from 1874.

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Definitions of retire from WordNet

retire (v.)
go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position;
He retired at age 68
retire (v.)
withdraw from active participation;
He retired from chess
Synonyms: withdraw
retire (v.)
pull back or move away or backward;
Synonyms: withdraw / retreat / pull away / draw back / recede / pull back / move back
retire (v.)
withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds;
retire (v.)
break from a meeting or gathering;
The men retired to the library
Synonyms: adjourn / withdraw
retire (v.)
make (someone) retire;
The director was retired after the scandal
retire (v.)
dispose of (something no longer useful or needed);
She finally retired that old coat
retire (v.)
lose interest;
he retired from life when his wife died
Synonyms: withdraw
retire (v.)
cause to be out on a fielding play;
Synonyms: put out
retire (v.)
cause to get out;
The pitcher retired three batters
Synonyms: strike out
retire (v.)
prepare for sleep;
Synonyms: go to bed / turn in / bed / crawl in / kip down / hit the hay / hit the sack / sack out / go to sleep
From wordnet.princeton.edu