Meaning of retreat

Definition of retreat

(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"
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)
(verb) pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"
move away, as for privacy; "The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"
move back; "The glacier retrogrades"
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"

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