They retreated from their demands.
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.
Glaciers in retreat from positions of advancement.
A leader's retreat from political radicalism.
An example of retreat is when an encroaching army gives up, turns around and goes home.
Made a retreat from hectic city life to the country.
Land that emerged when the oceans retreated.
A retreat in housing prices.
A religious retreat.
Sound the retreat!
Stocks retreated in morning trading.
Retreated to his study.
- to signal for retreat by beating a drum
- to retreat in a hurry
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of retreat
- Middle English retret from Old French retrait, retret from past participle of retraire, retrere to draw back from Latin retrahere retract
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition