(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"
a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
(military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
(military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
an area where you can be alone
withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation
"the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity"
the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back(verb)
pull back or move away or backward
"The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"
call in, swallow, sequester, lose, seclude, crawfish out, drop off, retire, crawfish, hit the hay, take, back away, strike out, back out, put out, take back, hit the sack, pull away, take out, fall back, unsay, turn in, crawl in, bow out, fall behind, draw back, recede, bed, sack out, recall, move back, retrograde, call back, go to sleep, sequestrate, draw, pull in one's horns, take away, go to bed, adjourn, disengage, withdraw, draw off, retract, pull back, kip down, remove
move away, as for privacy
"The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"
"The glacier retrogrades"
retreat, pull back, back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, withdraw(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"
recall, retract, call in, draw back, take away, sequester, swallow, withdraw, back out, back away, draw off, remove, seclude, take, retire, draw, take back, pull back, call back, retrograde, crawfish, move back, sequestrate, recede, bow out, pull away, take out, adjourn, pull in one's horns, unsay, crawfish out, disengage
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How to use retreat in a sentence?
Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.
Looking at the waves, cresting then hitting the shore, only to retreat ignominiously back to sea, it reminded me that people are like waves. Their moods shift and turn, then crest before hitting the shore, and only some of the lucky few can ride that wave standing up, smoothly carving an intricate pattern as he or she rides towards a sun blanched shore. At times like this, I always like to quote from Macbeth’s soliloquy in act 5, scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, when Macbeth heard of his wife’s death.
The army by its retreat yesterday, and the police by their retreat as well, have really shown that there are question marks over the government's ability to impose its writ in Kunduz, at least in the short term.
It makes no difference if I burn my bridges behind me - I never retreat.
Although we are charged, we are not guilty, we will not retreat, give up or be shaken by this.
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- ústup, útočiště, ustoupitCzech
- trække sig tilbageDanish
- retirarse, retiroSpanish
- عقب نشینیPersian
- retraite, battre en retraiteFrench
- cuilidhScottish Gaelic
- पीछे हटनाHindi
- 退却する, 後退するJapanese
- pedem referreLatin
- wycofać sięPolish
- retirar-se, retiroPortuguese
- отступление, ретироваться, отступать, отступитьRussian
- rút luiVietnamese
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