vb mainly intr
1 also tr to give up or to cause (a person) to give up his work, a post, etc., esp. on reaching pensionable age (in Britain and Australia usually 65 for men, 60 for women)
2 to go away, as into seclusion, for recuperation, etc.
4 to recede or disappear
the sun retired behind the clouds
5 to withdraw from a sporting contest, esp. because of injury
6 also tr to pull back (troops, etc.) from battle or an exposed position or (of troops, etc.) to fall back
a to remove (bills, bonds, shares, etc.) from circulation by taking them up and paying for them
b to remove (money) from circulation
(C16: from French retirer, from Old French re- + tirer to pull, draw)
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