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Meaning & Definition of Retreat in English

English

Retreat

/ritrit/

noun

1. (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat

  • "The disorderly retreat of french troops"
    synonym:
  • retreat

2. A place of privacy

  • A place affording peace and quiet
    synonym:
  • retreat

3. (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position

    synonym:
  • retreat

4. (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset

    synonym:
  • retreat

5. An area where you can be alone

    synonym:
  • hideaway
  • ,
  • retreat

6. Withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation

  • "The religious retreat is a form of vacation activity"
    synonym:
  • retirement
  • ,
  • retreat

7. The act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)

    synonym:
  • retreat

verb

1. Pull back or move away or backward

  • "The enemy withdrew"
  • "The limo pulled away from the curb"
    synonym:
  • withdraw
  • ,
  • retreat
  • ,
  • pull away
  • ,
  • draw back
  • ,
  • recede
  • ,
  • pull back
  • ,
  • retire
  • ,
  • move back

2. Move away, as for privacy

  • "The pope retreats to castelgondolfo every summer"
    synonym:
  • retreat

3. Move back

  • "The glacier retrogrades"
    synonym:
  • retrograde
  • ,
  • retreat

4. Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

  • "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"
  • "He backed out of his earlier promise"
  • "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"
    synonym:
  • retreat
  • ,
  • pull back
  • ,
  • back out
  • ,
  • back away
  • ,
  • crawfish
  • ,
  • crawfish out
  • ,
  • pull in one's horns
  • ,
  • withdraw