[ US /ɹiˈtaɪɝɪŋ, ɹiˈtaɪɹɪŋ, ɹɪˈtaɪɹɪŋ/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪtˈa‍ɪ‍əɹɪŋ/ ]
  1. reluctant to draw attention to yourself
  2. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
    a retiring member of the board
  3. not arrogant or presuming
    unassuming to a fault, skeptical about the value of his work
    a shy retiring girl
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How To Use retiring In A Sentence

  • Her majesty awarded a distinction upon 〔 to 〕 the retiring Prime Minister.
  • I have no intention of retiring just yet.
  • Each evening, before retiring, the careful wife sees that a hocho, or kitchen knife, is laid upon the kitchen floor, and covered with a kanadarai, or brazen wash - basin, on the upturned bottom of which is placed a single straw sandal, of the noiseless sort called zori, also turned upside down. Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series
  • Upon these interjections, placable flicks of the lionly tail addressed to Britannia the Ruler, who expected him in some mildish way to lash terga cauda in retiring, Sir Willoughby Patterne passed from a land of alien manners; and ever after he spoke of America respectfully and pensively, with a tail tucked in, as it were. The Egoist
  • Usually shy and retiring, the crested argus is not easy to observe.
  • Over the course of three and a half days they listened to evidence presented by both sides, and then questioned the witnesses for both defence and prosecution before retiring to consider their verdict.
  • Two retiring Republican senators warned their fellow lawmakers Tuesday that they need to fix the Social Security system before it goes broke.
  • The lonely old lady filled up the time between supper and retiring with solitaire.
  • By retiring officers unfit for active service, this group attempted to revolutionize the navy's traditional system of promotion.
  • The last serving member from the Battle of Long Tan is retiring from service this month after nearly four decades of military service.
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