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English definition of “retiring”

retiring

adjective uk   /rɪˈtaɪə.rɪŋ/ us    /-ˈtaɪr.ɪŋ/

retiring adjective (SHY)

formal unwilling to be noticed or to be with other people: to be shy and retiringShy and modestAnxious and worried

retiring adjective (STOP WORKING)

[before noun] describes someone who is planning to leave their job: The match ended in disappointment for the retiring captain.Retiring and resigning from work
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