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.
An example of retreat is when an encroaching army gives up, turns around and goes home.
They retreated from their demands.
Stocks retreated in morning trading.
Retreated to his study.
Land that emerged when the oceans retreated.
- To signal for retreat by beating a drum.
- To retreat in a hurry.
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