Retreat meaning

rĭ-trēt'
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.

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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.

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A place affording peace, quiet, privacy, or security.
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To change or undergo change in one's thinking or in a position.

They retreated from their demands.

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A going back or backward; withdrawal in the face of opposition or from a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
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Withdrawal to a safe or private place.
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A safe, quiet, or secluded place.
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A period of meditation, prayer or study.
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To decline in value.

Stocks retreated in morning trading.

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To move (a chess piece) back.
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A residential institution for the care of the aged, mentally ill, etc.
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To withdraw; make a retreat.
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To slope backward.
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To lead or draw back.
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To withdraw (a piece), as from a dangerous position.
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The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
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The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.
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A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy or security.
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A period of retirement, seclusion, or solitude.
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Withdrawal by military force from a dangerous position or from enemy attack.
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A signal for a military withdrawal.
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A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.
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A military ceremony to lower the flag.
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(chess) The move of a piece from a threatened position.
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To withdraw military forces.
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To move backward or away; withdraw or retire.

Retreated to his study.

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To make a military retreat.
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To move back from a position of advancement or become smaller.

Land that emerged when the oceans retreated.

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beat a retreat
  • To signal for retreat by beating a drum.
  • To retreat in a hurry.
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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
  • From Middle English retret, from Old French retrait or retret (to draw back), from Latin retrahere (retract).
    From Wiktionary