Retreat - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈtriːt|  American pronunciation of the word retreat
Brit.  |rɪˈtriːt|  British pronunciation of the word retreat


- (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
- a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
- (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)
the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity
- the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)


- pull back or move away or backward (syn: draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, withdraw)
- move away, as for privacy
The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer
- move back (syn: retrograde)
- make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity (syn: back out, crawfish, pull back, withdraw)

Extra examples

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.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: retreat
he/she/it: retreats
present participle: retreating
past tense: retreated
past participle: retreated
singular: retreat
plural: retreats
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