retire - retiring

retire - retiring
'retire'
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.

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'retiring'
The adjective retiring has two meanings.
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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.

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

She was a shy, retiring girl.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Retiring — 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 , 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

  • 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;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • retire — [[t]rɪta͟ɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ retires, retiring, retired 1) VERB When older people retire, they leave their job and usually stop working completely. At the age when most people retire, he is ready to face a new career... Although their careers are… …   English dictionary

  • Retire Your Ride — The Retire Your Ride (French: Adieu Bazou) program is a voluntary Canadian scrappage program created to reward Canadians for permanently retiring in a vehicle made in 1995 or earlier for a wide range of rewards, such as a public transit pass or… …   Wikipedia

  • retire — 01. My parents are planning to travel across the U.S. in their motorhome next year after my dad [retires]. 02. He [retired] after 45 years with the same company. 03. My parents are really looking forward to their [retirement], and have all kinds… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • retire */*/ — UK [rɪˈtaɪə(r)] / US [rɪˈtaɪr] verb Word forms retire : present tense I/you/we/they retire he/she/it retires present participle retiring past tense retired past participle retired 1) [intransitive] to stop working, especially when you reach the… …   English dictionary

  • retire — v. 1 a intr. leave office or employment, esp. because of age (retire from the army; retire on a pension). b tr. cause (a person) to retire from work. 2 intr. withdraw; go away; retreat. 3 intr. seek seclusion or shelter. 4 intr. go to bed. 5 tr.… …   Useful english dictionary

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