retire - retiring

retire - retiring
When someone retires, they leave their job and stop working, usually because they have reached the age when they can get a pension.

Gladys retired at the age of sixty-eight.

They had decided to retire from farming.

The adjective retiring has two meanings.
You use it in front of a noun such as `MP' or `chairman' to indicate that someone will soon give up their present job and be replaced by someone else.

...Jim Dacre, the retiring Labour MP.

...the retiring President of the Methodist Conference.

You also use it to describe someone who is very quiet and avoids meeting other people.

She was a shy, retiring girl.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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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

  • 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

  • retire — ► VERB 1) leave one s job and cease to work, especially because one has reached a particular age. 2) (of a sports player) cease to play competitively. 3) withdraw from a race or match because of accident or injury. 4) withdraw to or from a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Retire — To extinguish a security, as in paying off a debt. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * retire re‧tire [rɪˈtaɪə ǁ ˈtaɪr] verb 1. [intransitive] HUMAN RESOURCES to stop work at the end of your working life: • He wanted to retire at 50. •… …   Financial and business terms

  • retire — To extinguish a security, as in paying off a debt. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * retire re‧tire [rɪˈtaɪə ǁ ˈtaɪr] verb 1. [intransitive] HUMAN RESOURCES to stop work at the end of your working life: • He wanted to retire at 50 …   Financial and business terms

  • retire — verb ADVERB ▪ early ▪ He is hoping to retire early on medical grounds. ▪ recently ▪ She recently retired from teaching. ▪ officially …   Collocations dictionary

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