[intransitive, transitive] to stop doing your job, especially because you have reached a particular age or because you are ill/sick; to tell somebody they must stop doing their job retire (from something) She was forced to retire early from teaching because of ill health. He is retiring next year after 30 years with the company. The company's official retiring age is 65. retire to something My dream is to retire to a villa in France. retire as something He has no plans to retire as editor of the magazine. retire somebody She was retired on medical grounds.