Definitions for retreat

Definitions for (noun) retreat

Main entry: retreat

Definition: the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)

Main entry: retirement, retreat

Definition: withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation

Usage: the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity

Main entry: retreat

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

Usage: the disorderly retreat of French troops

Main entry: hideaway, retreat

Definition: an area where you can be alone

Main entry: retreat

Definition: (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset

Main entry: retreat

Definition: (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position

Main entry: retreat

Definition: a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet

Definitions for (verb) retreat

Main entry: back away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, retreat, pull back, pull in one's horns, withdraw

Definition: make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

Usage: 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

Main entry: retire, retreat, pull away, pull back, recede, withdraw, draw back, move back

Definition: pull back or move away or backward

Usage: The enemy withdrew; The limo pulled away from the curb

Main entry: retreat, retrograde

Definition: move back

Usage: The glacier retrogrades

Main entry: retreat

Definition: move away, as for privacy

Usage: The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer

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