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Retirement, 1) the act of withdrawing from company or from action: “certain words he spake against your grace in your r.” Meas. V, 130 (== during your absence). “make up, lest your r. do amaze your friends,” H4A V, 4, 6 (your absence from the battle). “the king is in his r. marvellous distempered,” Hml. III, 2, 312.
2) a private way of life: H5 I, 1, 58.
3) retreat, refuge: “a comfort of r. lives in this,” H4A IV, 1, 56.*
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