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Definition 1: prepare for sleep - [verb of body]

Samples where retire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I usually turn in at midnight
  • He goes to bed at the crack of dawn

Synonyms for retire in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of retire ) go to bed

"We bedded down at midnight"

Definition 2: cause to get out - [verb of competition]

Samples where retire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The pitcher retired three batters
  • the runner was put out at third base

Synonyms for retire in the sense of this definition

(retire causes ...) move in order to make room for someone for something

"The park gave way to a supermarket" "`Move over,' he told the crowd"

(retire belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 3: cause to be out on a fielding play - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for retire in the sense of this definition

(retire is a kind of ...) manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

"She played nervously with her wedding ring" "Don't fiddle with the screws" "He played with the idea of running for the Senate"

(retire belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 4: lose interest - [verb of emotion]

Samples where retire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he retired from life when his wife died

Synonyms for retire in the sense of this definition

(retire is a kind of ...) lose interest or become bored with something or somebody

"I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food"

(... is a kind of retire ) remove oneself from an obligation

"He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved"

(retire has a similar meaning as ...) withdraw from active participation

"He retired from chess"

Definition 5: pull back or move away or backward - [verb of motion]

Samples where retire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The enemy withdrew
  • The limo pulled away from the curb

Synonyms for retire in the sense of this definition

(retire is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of retire ) move back and away from

"The enemy fell back"

(... is a kind of retire ) move back

"The glacier retrogrades"

(... is a kind of retire ) move backwards from a certain position

"The bully had to back down"

(retire has a similar meaning as ...) make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

"We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him" "He backed out of his earlier promise" "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"

Definition 6: dispose of (something no longer useful or needed) - [verb of possession]

Samples where retire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She finally retired that old coat

(retire is a kind of ...) throw or cast away

"Put away your worries"

Samples where retire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We adjourned for lunch
  • The men retired to the library

Synonyms for retire in the sense of this definition

(retire is a kind of ...) cease to operate or cause to cease operating

"The owners decided to move and to close the factory" "My business closes every night at 8 P.M." "close up the shop"

(... is a kind of retire ) adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body

(retire implies ...) collect in one place

"We assembled in the church basement" "Let's gather in the dining room"

(retire has a similar meaning as ...) keep away from others

"He sequestered himself in his study to write a book"

Samples where retire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He retired at age 68

(retire is a kind of ...) give up or retire from a position

"The Secretary of the Navy will leave office next month" "The chairman resigned over the financial scandal"

(... is a kind of retire ) retire or become ineligible because of old age or infirmity

(... is a kind of retire ) retire gracefully

"He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship"

Samples where retire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He retired from chess

Synonyms for retire in the sense of this definition

(retire is a kind of ...) put an end to a state or an activity

"Quit teasing your little brother"

(... is a kind of retire ) withdraw from established society, especially because of disillusion with conventional values

"She hasn't heard from her brother in years--he dropped out after moving to California"

(retire has a similar meaning as ...) lose interest

"he retired from life when his wife died"

(retire has a similar meaning as ...) retire gracefully

"He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship"

Samples where retire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The director was retired after the scandal

(retire is a kind of ...) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

"The boss fired his secretary today" "The company terminated 25% of its workers"

(... is a kind of retire ) retire and pension (someone) because of age or physical inability

(retire causes ...) go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position

"He retired at age 68"

(retire is a kind of ...) make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution

"The company recalled the product when it was found to be faulty"

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