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When someone retires, they leave their job and stop working, usually because they have reached the age when they can get a pension.
The adjective retiring has two meanings.
You use it in front of a noun such as MP or chairman to indicate that someone will soon give up their present job and be replaced by someone else.
You also use it to describe someone who is very quiet and avoids meeting other people.
|Adj.||1.||retiring - not arrogant or presuming; "unassuming to a fault, skeptical about the value of his work"; "a shy retiring girl"|
modest - marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself; "a modest apartment"; "too modest to wear his medals"
|2.||retiring - of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office; "a retiring member of the board"|
outgoing - leaving a place or a position; "an outgoing steamship"
|3.||retiring - reluctant to draw attention to yourself|
unassertive - inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence; "a shy unassertive person"