Retreat definition

rĭ-trēt
A period of meditation, prayer or study.
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A safe, quiet, or secluded place.
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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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Withdrawal to a safe or private place.
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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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To move (a chess piece) back.
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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.
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A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy or security.
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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 withdraw; make a retreat.
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The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.
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Withdrawal of a military force from a dangerous position or from an enemy attack.
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The process of receding from a position or of becoming smaller.

Glaciers in retreat from positions of advancement.

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The process of changing or undergoing change in one's thinking or in a position.

A leader's retreat from political radicalism.

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A period of seclusion, retirement, or solitude.
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To lead or draw back.
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The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
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A period of retirement, seclusion, or solitude.
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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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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.

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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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The withdrawal of troops, ships, etc. from a position, esp. when forced by enemy attack.
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A decline in value.

A retreat in housing prices.

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A period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, or study.

A religious retreat.

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The signal for a military withdrawal.

Sound the retreat!

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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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The military ceremony of lowering the flag.
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To decline in value.

Stocks retreated in morning trading.

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A residential institution for the care of the aged, mentally ill, etc.
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A period of retirement or seclusion, for an individual or a group, for prayer, study, spiritual renewal, etc.
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A signal for such a withdrawal.
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A signal given by bugle or drum at sunset for lowering the national flag.
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The ceremony at which this is done.
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To slope backward.
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(chess) To withdraw (a piece), as from a dangerous position.
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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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beat a retreat
  • to signal for retreat by beating a drum
  • to retreat in a hurry
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
retreat
Plural:
retreats

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