If you find a snake in your yard, a safe course of action is to retreat and allow him to go on his way.
- 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.
- 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
- a period of retirement or seclusion, for an individual or a group, for prayer, study, spiritual renewal, etc.
- an organized group withdrawal from regular activities for a given purpose, as by colleagues meeting away from the office and engaging in exercises for promoting teamwork, creativity, 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 of retreatMiddle 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 of retreatME retreten
- to lead or draw back
- Chess to withdraw (a piece), as from a dangerous position
beat a retreat
- Mil. to signal for retreat by beating a drum
- to retreat in a hurry
- a. The act or process of moving back or away, especially from something hazardous, formidable, or unpleasant: made a retreat from hectic city life to the country.b. Withdrawal of a military force from a dangerous position or from an enemy attack.c. The process of receding from a position or of becoming smaller: glaciers in retreat from positions of advancement.d. The process of changing or undergoing change in one's thinking or in a position: a leader's retreat from political radicalism.e. A decline in value: a retreat in housing prices.
- 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. The signal for a military withdrawal: Sound the retreat!b. A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.c. The military ceremony of lowering the flag.
verbre·treat·ed, re·treat·ing, re·treats
- To move backward or away; withdraw or retire: retreated to his study. See Synonyms at recede 1.
- To make a military retreat.
- To move back from a position of advancement or become smaller: land that emerged when the oceans retreated.
- To change or undergo change in one's thinking or in a position: They retreated from their demands.
- To decline in value: Stocks retreated in morning trading.
Origin of retreatMiddle English retret from Old French retrait, retret from past participle of retraire, retrere to draw back from Latin retrahere ; see retract .
- The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
- The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.
- A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy or security.
- A period of retirement, seclusion, or solitude.
- A period of meditation, prayer or study.
- Withdrawal by military force from a dangerous position or from enemy attack.
- A signal for a military withdrawal.
- A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.
- A military ceremony to lower the flag.
- (chess) The move of a piece from a threatened position.
(third-person singular simple present retreats, present participle retreating, simple past and past participle retreated)
- To withdraw military forces.