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English verb: retire

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

SamplesHe retired at age 68.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)leave office, quit, resign, step down

Narrower (hyponym)bow out, superannuate, withdraw

2. retire (social) withdraw from active participation

SamplesHe retired from chess.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop

Narrower (hyponym)drop out

Verb groupbow out, retire, withdraw, withdraw

3. retire (motion) pull back or move away or backward

SamplesThe enemy withdrew.
The limo pulled away from the curb.

Synonymsdraw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retreat, withdraw

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)back down, back off, back up, fall back, retreat, retrograde

Verb groupback away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw

Antonymsadvance, march on, move on, progress, go on, pass on

4. retire (social) withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)recall

5. retire (social) break from a meeting or gathering

SamplesWe adjourned for lunch.
The men retired to the library.

Synonymsadjourn, withdraw

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)close, close down, close up, fold, shut down

Narrower (hyponym)prorogue

Entailassemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet

Verb groupseclude, sequester, sequestrate, withdraw

6. retire (social) make (someone) retire

SamplesThe director was retired after the scandal.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate

Narrower (hyponym)superannuate


7. retire (possession) dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)

SamplesShe finally retired that old coat.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out

8. retire (emotion) lose interest

SamplesHe retired from life when his wife died.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)fatigue, jade, pall, tire, weary

Narrower (hyponym)back down, back off, bow out, chicken out, pull out

Verb groupretire, withdraw

9. retire (contact) cause to be out on a fielding play

Synonymsput out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)diddle, fiddle, play, toy

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

10. retire (competition) cause to get out

SamplesThe pitcher retired three batters.
The runner was put out at third base.

Synonymsstrike out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Causeease up, give, give way, move over, yield

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

11. retire (body) prepare for sleep

SamplesI usually turn in at midnight.
He goes to bed at the crack of dawn.

Synonymsbed, crawl in, go to bed, go to sleep, hit the hay, hit the sack, kip down, sack out, turn in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)bed down, bunk down

Antonymsget up, arise, uprise, rise, turn out

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