[ verb ] pull back or move away or backward
"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 .
[ noun ] (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat
"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 .
[ verb ] make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
"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"