V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. shy and reserved; 2. moving away or behind

Synonyms: shy, reserved, modest, withdrawn, unassuming, retreating, receding

Antonyms: bold, aggressive, arrogant, presuming

Tips: A person who is described as retiring does not take a prominent or aggressive role or position, but stands back because of shyness or modesty. Since a retiring person is shy, he or she may avoid contact with other people. In the same vain, something that is moving behind or away from prominence (like a retreating fog bank) can be described as retiring. The word retiring can also be a verb, denoting the action of going into retirement.

Usage Examples:

She was modest and retiring, unwilling to take any credit for her ideas. (shy, unassuming)

A person who is retiring may be perceived as unfriendly because of his or her shy and withdrawn nature. (reserved, shy)

Jenny doesn't get a lot of attention because of her retiring disposition. (reserved, unassuming)

The retiring clouds revealed a bright blue, sunny sky. (retreating, receding)

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