- Retreat is the act of giving up and withdrawing or a time away in a quiet and secluded place where you can relax.
- An example of a retreat is when a military force gives up their efforts to gain land and goes home.
- An example of a retreat is a weekend at a spa where you go to rest and relax.
- To retreat is to withdraw or back away, especially from a dangerous or unpleasant situation or from a military engagement.
An example of retreat is when an encroaching army gives up, turns around and goes home.
retreat definition by Webster's New World
- a going back or backward; withdrawal in the face of opposition or from a dangerous or unpleasant situation
- withdrawal to a safe or private place
- a safe, quiet, or secluded place
- an organized group withdrawal from regular activities, as for religious contemplation, the development of closer relationships, etc.
- a residential institution for the care of the aged, mentally ill, etc.
- the withdrawal of troops, ships, etc. from a position, esp. when forced by enemy attack
- a signal for such a withdrawal
- a signal given by bugle or drum at sunset for lowering the national flag
- the ceremony at which this is done
Origin: Middle English retret ; from Old French retraite ; from past participle of retraire, to draw back ; from Classical Latin retrahere: see retract
- to withdraw; make a retreat
- to slope backward
Origin: ME retreten
- to lead or draw back
- Chess to withdraw (a piece), as from a dangerous position
retreat definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act or process of withdrawing, especially from something hazardous, formidable, or unpleasant.b. The process of going backward or receding from a position or condition gained.
- A place affording peace, quiet, privacy, or security. See Synonyms at shelter.
- a. A period of seclusion, retirement, or solitude.b. A period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, or study: a religious retreat.
- a. Withdrawal of a military force from a dangerous position or from an enemy attack.b. The signal for such withdrawal.c. A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.d. The military ceremony of lowering the flag.
- To fall or draw back; withdraw or retire. See Synonyms at recede1.
- To slope backward.
Origin: Middle English retret, from Old French retrait, retret, from past participle of retraire, retrere, to draw back, from Latin retrahere; see retract.
- re·treatˈer noun
retreat - Phrases/Idioms
beat a retreat
- Mil. to signal for retreat by beating a drum
- to retreat in a hurry