retreat has definitions from the field of military
1
[ verb ] pull back or move away or backward

Examples

"The enemy withdrew" "The limo pulled away from the curb"

Used in print

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

Figures seemed to crouch in the surrounding dark ; in the distance he saw a band of men who seemed to advance and retreat even as he watched .

2
[ noun ] (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat

Examples

"the disorderly retreat of French troops"

Used in print

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

The posse 's retreat encouraged the Mexicans to be overbearing and impudent .

3
[ verb ] move back

Synonyms

retrograde

Examples

"The glacier retrogrades"

Related terms

recede

4
[ noun ] (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position

Related terms

signal military

5
[ noun ] (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset

Related terms

bugle_call military

6
[ noun ] a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
7
[ verb ] make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

Examples

"We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him" "He backed out of his earlier promise" "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"

8
[ noun ] a area where you can be alone

Synonyms

hideaway

Related terms

area

9
[ verb ] move away, as for privacy

Examples

"The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"

10
[ noun ] withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation

Synonyms

retirement

Examples

"a religious retreat"

Related terms

withdrawal

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