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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re-treatriˈtrit(v.t.; v.i.)

  1. to treat again.

Origin of re-treat:



  1. the forced or strategic withdrawal of a military force before an enemy.

  2. the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement.

  3. a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy.

  4. an asylum, as for the insane.

  5. a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.

  6. a flag-lowering ceremony held at sunset on a military post. the bugle call or drumbeat played at this ceremony.

    Category: Military

  7. (v.i.)to withdraw, retire, or draw back, esp. for shelter or seclusion.

  8. to make a retreat.

  9. to slope backward; recede.

  10. to draw or lead back.

Idioms for retreat:

  1. beat a retreat,to withdraw or retreat, esp. in disgrace.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of retreat:

1300–50; (n.) retret < OF, var. of retrait, n. use of ptp. of retraire to draw back < L retrahere (see retract1); (v.) late ME retreten < MF retraitier < L retractāre to retract2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. retreat(noun)

    a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet

  3. retreat(noun)

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

  4. retreat(noun)

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

  5. hideaway, retreat(noun)

    an area where you can be alone

  6. retirement, retreat(noun)

    withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation

    "the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity"

  7. retreat(verb)

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

  8. 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"

  9. retreat(verb)

    move away, as for privacy

    "The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"

  10. retrograde, retreat(verb)

    move back

    "The glacier retrogrades"

  11. 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. retreat(verb)ɪˈtrit

    to move back or away from an attack

    soldiers retreating from the battlefield

  2. retreatɪˈtrit

    to get out of an unpleasant situation

    He retreated into his room and stayed there.

  3. retreat(noun)ɪˈtrit

    an act of moving back or away from an attack

    The captain ordered a retreat to a defensive line.

  4. retreatɪˈtrit

    a place where it is quieter and more private

    a country retreat


  1. retreat(Noun)

    The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.

  2. retreat(Noun)

    The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.

  3. retreat(Noun)

    A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy, or security.

  4. retreat(Noun)

    A period of retirement, seclusion, or solitude.

  5. retreat(Noun)

    A period of meditation, prayer or study

  6. retreat(Noun)

    Withdrawal by military force from a dangerous position or from enemy attack.

  7. retreat(Noun)

    A signal for a military withdrawal.

  8. retreat(Noun)

    A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.

  9. retreat(Noun)

    A military ceremony to lower the flag.

  10. retreat(Verb)

    To withdraw military forces.

  11. retreat(Noun)

    Move (a piece) from threatetned position.

  12. Origin: From Middle English retret, from Old French retrait or retret (to draw back), from Latin retrahere (retract).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retreat(noun)

    the act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially from what is dangerous or disagreeable

  2. Retreat(noun)

    the place to which anyone retires; a place or privacy or safety; a refuge; an asylum

  3. Retreat(noun)

    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

  4. Retreat(noun)

    the withdrawing of a ship or fleet from an enemy for the purpose of avoiding an engagement or escaping after defeat

  5. Retreat(noun)

    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

  6. Retreat(noun)

    a special season of solitude and silence to engage in religious exercises

  7. Retreat(noun)

    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

  8. Retreat(verb)

    to make a retreat; to retire from any position or place; to withdraw; as, the defeated army retreated from the field


  1. Retreat

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'retreat' in Nouns Frequency: #2883

Anagrams of retreat

  1. tree rat

  2. treater

Translations for retreat

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of retreating (from a battle, danger etc)

After the retreat, the soldiers rallied once more.

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