1
[ adjective ] moving toward a position farther from the front

Synonyms

receding

Examples

"the receding glaciers of the last ice age" "retiring fogs revealed the rocky coastline"

Related terms

retreating

2
[ adjective ] not blatant or overly aggressive in manner or appearance

Synonyms

unassertive

Examples

"a retiring disposition"

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

Furthermore , Dr._Calderone says , a certain number of docile , retiring men always have been around .

Related terms

unobtrusive

3
[ adjective ] not arrogant or presuming

Synonyms

unassuming

Examples

"unassuming to a fault, skeptical about the value of his work" "a shy retiring girl"

Related terms

modest

4
[ adjective ] of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office

Synonyms

past preceding

Examples

"a retiring member of the board"

Related terms

outgoing

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