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retire

verb uk   /rɪˈtaɪər/ us    /-ˈtaɪr/

retire verb (STOP WORKING)

B1 [I] to leave your job or stop working because of old age or ill health: Since retiring from the company, she has done voluntary work for a charity. He is due to retire as chief executive next year. [I] to stop taking part in a race or competition because of illness or injury: She retired from the competition after pulling a leg muscle. [T often passive] If an employer retires an employee, they make that person leave their job, usually at a time when they are near to the age at which they would normally stop working, or because they are ill: Following the merger, he was retired with a generous pension.

retire verb (LEAVE A PLACE)

[I] formal to leave a room or group of people and go somewhere quiet or private: After dinner our host said, "Shall we retire to the drawing room?" [I] formal or old-fashioned to go to bed: It had been a long day, so I retired early.
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