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Meaning of “retire” in the English Dictionary

"retire" in British English

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retireverb

uk   /rɪˈtaɪər/  us   /-ˈtaɪr/
  • retire verb (STOP WORKING)

B1 [I] to ​leaveyourjob or ​stopworking because of ​oldage or ​illhealth: Since retiring from the ​company, she has done ​voluntarywork for a ​charity. He is ​due to retire aschiefexecutive 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 ​legmuscle. [T often passive] to make someone ​leavetheirjob, usually at a ​time when they are near to the ​age at which theywould ​normallystopworking, or because of ​illness: Following the ​merger, he was retired with a ​generouspension.

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  • retire verb (LEAVE A PLACE)

[I] formal to ​leave a ​room or ​group of ​people and go ​somewherequiet or ​private: After ​dinnerourhost said, "Shall we retire to the ​drawingroom?" [I] formal or old-fashioned to go to ​bed: It had been a ​longday, so I retired early.
(Definition of retire from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"retire" in American English

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retireverb

 us   /rɪˈtɑɪər/
  • retire verb (STOP WORKING)

[I/T] to ​leaveyourjob or ​stopworking because of having ​reached a ​particularage or because of ​illhealth, or to ​cause someone or something to ​stop being ​employed or used: [I] He ​worked in ​television after retiring from ​baseball. [I] I’ll be retiring ​soon. [T] The ​aircraft was retired in 1990.
  • retire verb (LEAVE A PLACE)

[I] fml to ​leave a ​room or ​group of ​people and go ​somewherequiet or ​private: The ​judge retired to her ​study to ​review the ​case. [I] fml To retire also ​means to go to ​bed.
retired
adjective [not gradable]  us   /rɪˈtɑɪərd/
He is a retired ​airlinepilot.
(Definition of retire from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"retire" in Business English

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retireverb

uk   us   /rɪˈtaɪər/
[I] HR, WORKPLACE to ​leave your ​job or ​stopworking, usually because of your age or ill ​health: She has no ​plans to retire.retire from sth Jenkins retires from the ​firm this ​year.retire as sth Elkin has retired as a ​director after 12 ​years on the ​boardretire at sth Can I get ​hold of the ​cash in my ​pensionfund before I retire at 65? James had to retire early after suffering three heart attacks in 2007.
[T, often passive] HR, WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT if an ​employer retires an ​employee, they make the ​employeeleave their ​job, usually because they are near the age at which they would ​normallystopworking, or because they are ill: He was retired early by his ​firm. Companies typically retire ​workers at 60 and then ​hire about half of them back, often at 50-70% of their previous ​pay.
[T] FINANCE to ​pay back a ​debt or ​loan completely: The ​funds were used to retire ​debt and to ​financeexpansion. Even after the ​statereducedbenefits to ​workers and ​raisedtaxes on ​employers, it took until 2010 to retire that ​loan.
[T] to take a ​machine or ​piece of ​equipment out of use because it is old and no ​longer useful: The European-made Concorde was retired from British and French service in 2005. Among the other ​measures is a $35 ​rebate to retire older refrigerators for newer, more ​efficient ones.
(Definition of retire from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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