retire (v.) Old form(s): retyr'd , retyre
retreat, pull back, withdraw
3H6 I.iv.14[York to himself, of the battle] when the hardiest warriors did retire, / Richard cried 'Charge!'
Cor I.vi.50[Cominius to Martius] We have at disadvantage fought, and did / Retire to win our purpose
KJ V.iii.13[Messenger to King John] The French fight coldly, and retire themselves
R2 II.ii.46[Green to Queen Isabel, of King Richard] he ... might have retired his power
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