retreat




The noun retreat means a place you can go to be alone, to get away from it all. A spot under a shady tree might be your favorite retreat from the sun, or your bedroom in the basement may serve as a retreat from your siblings.

In the military sense, the noun retreat means the withdrawal of troops. The British retreat after the Battles of Lexington and Concord gave the American colonists an early taste of victory during the American Revolution. As a verb, retreat means to back out of something — like a lawyer who is forced to retreat from his argument when the opposing evidence is too convincing.

Definitions of retreat
  1. noun

    the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)

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    Antonyms:

    advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression

    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
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    withdrawal

    the act of withdrawing

  2. 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”
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    disengagement, fallback, pullout

    to break off a military action with an enemy
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    withdrawal

    the act of withdrawing

  3. verb

    move back

    synonyms:
    retrograde
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    draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, withdraw

    pull back or move away or backward

  4. verb

    pull back or move away or backward

    synonyms:
    draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, withdraw

    back away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one’s horns, withdraw

    make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
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    Antonyms:

    advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress

    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
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    fall back

    move back and away from
    retrograde

    move back
    back down, back off, back up

    move backwards from a certain position
    ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out

    flow back or recede
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    go, locomote, move, travel

    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

  5. verb

    make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

  6. noun

    a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet

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    Camp David

    a retreat to the northwest of Washington that is used by the president of the United States
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    ashram

    (India) a place of religious retreat for Hindus
    ashram

    a place of religious retreat modeled after the Indian ashram
    nook

    a sheltered and secluded place
    nest

    a cosy or secluded retreat
    pleasance

    a pleasant and secluded part of a garden; usually attached to a mansion
    sanctum, sanctum sanctorum

    a place of inviolable privacy
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    area, country

    a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

  7. noun

    an area where you can be alone

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    hideaway
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    area

    a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

  8. noun

    withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation

    “the religious
    retreat is a form of vacation activity”
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    retirement
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    withdrawal

    the act of withdrawing

  9. verb

    move away, as for privacy

    “The Pope
    retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer”
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    types:

    cocoon

    retreat as if into a cocoon, as from an unfriendly environment
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    go, locomote, move, travel

    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

  10. noun

    (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position

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    sign, signal, signaling

    any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

  11. noun

    (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset

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    bugle call

    a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle

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