Retreat - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
- (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
- an area where you can be alone (syn: hideaway)
- withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation (syn: retirement)
- move away, as for privacy
- make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity (syn: back out, crawfish, pull back, withdraw)
Some of her friends were surprised by her retreat from public life following her defeat in the election.
...we made a strategic retreat when we realized that we were outnumbered...
When the enemy attacked, our troops were forced to retreat.
They retreated behind trees for safety.
He quickly retreated from the room.
After her defeat, she retreated from politics.
At last we forced the enemy to retreat from the town.
Our government has retreated from its hard-line position.
You cannot retreat from your responsibility in this affair.
The rebels retreated to the mountains.
They were attacked and forced to retreat.
He saw her and retreated, too shy to speak to her.
Perry lit the fuse and retreated to a safe distance.
It was not a conscious choice to retreat from public life.
The flood waters are slowly retreating.
present participle: retreating
past tense: retreated
past participle: retreated
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