(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"
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"
The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.
A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy, or security.
A period of retirement, seclusion, or solitude.
A period of meditation, prayer or study
Withdrawal by military force from a dangerous position or from enemy attack.
A signal for a military withdrawal.
A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.
A military ceremony to lower the flag.
To withdraw military forces.
Move (a piece) from threatetned position.
Origin: From Middle English retret, from Old French retrait or retret (to draw back), from Latin retrahere (retract).
the act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially from what is dangerous or disagreeable
the place to which anyone retires; a place or privacy or safety; a refuge; an asylum
the retiring of an army or body of men from the face of an enemy, or from any ground occupied to a greater distance from the enemy, or from an advanced position
the withdrawing of a ship or fleet from an enemy for the purpose of avoiding an engagement or escaping after defeat
a signal given in the army or navy, by the beat of a drum or the sounding of trumpet or bugle, at sunset (when the roll is called), or for retiring from action
a special season of solitude and silence to engage in religious exercises
a period of several days of withdrawal from society to a religious house for exclusive occupation in the duties of devotion; as, to appoint or observe a retreat
to make a retreat; to retire from any position or place; to withdraw; as, the defeated army retreated from the field
The meaning of a spiritual retreat can be different for different religious communities. Spiritual Retreats are an integral part of many Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Sufi communities. In Hinduism and Buddhism, Meditative Retreats are seen by some as integral for reconnection to one's self. Retreats are also popular in Christian churches, and were established in today's form by St. Ignatius of Loyola, in his Spiritual Exercises. Ignatius was later to be made patron saint of spiritual retreats by Pope Pius XI in 1922. Many Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox Christians partake in and organize spiritual retreats each year. Meditative retreats are an important practice in Sufism, the mystical path of Islam. The Sufi teacher Ibn Arabi's book Journey to the Lord of Power is a guide to the inner journey that was published over 700 years ago.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rē-trēt′, n. a drawing back or retracing one's steps: retirement: place of privacy: withdrawal: a place of security: a shelter: (mil.) the act of retiring in order from before the enemy, or from an advanced position: the signal for retiring from an engagement or to quarters: a special season of religious meditation.—v.i. to draw back: to recede: to consider: to retire, esp. to a place of shelter: to retire before an enemy or from an advanced position: in fencing, to move back so as to avoid the point of the adversary's sword: to slope back, as a retreating forehead.—ns. Retreat′er; Retreat′ment. [O. Fr. retrete—L. retractus, pa.p. of retrahĕre.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'retreat' in Nouns Frequency: #2883
The numerical value of retreat in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of retreat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.
Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future.
I am in earnest--I will not equivocate--I will not excuse--I will not retreat a single inch--and I will be heard.
I am in the first aid team here, so I have to stay till the end, but for the other protesters, I think they will retreat as morale is very low now.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
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- ústup, útočiště, ustoupitCzech
- retirarse, retiroSpanish
- عقب نشینیPersian
- cuilidhScottish Gaelic
- 退却する, 後退するJapanese
- pedem referreLatin
- wycofać sięPolish
- retirar-se, retiroPortuguese
- отступление, ретироваться, отступать, отступитьRussian
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