To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively.
- To withdraw, as for rest or seclusion.
- To go to bed.
- To withdraw from one's occupation, business, or office; stop working.
- To fall back or retreat, as from battle.
- To move back or away; recede.
- To cause to withdraw from one's usual field of activity: retired all executives at 55.
- To lead (troops, for example) away from action; withdraw.
- To take out of circulation: retired the bonds.
- To withdraw from use or active service: retiring an old battleship.
- Baseball To put out (a batter).
- Baseball To cause (the opposing team) to end a turn at bat.