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.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: retreat

1
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the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
move back
2
nv
a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
move away, as for privacy
3
n
(military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: retreat
1

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

Antonyms:
advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression
the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
Type of:
withdrawal
the act of withdrawing

n (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”
Types:
disengagement, fallback, pullout
to break off a military action with an enemy
Type of:
withdrawal
the act of withdrawing

v move back

Synonyms:
retrograde
Type of:
draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, withdraw
pull back or move away or backward

v 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
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
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

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n a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet

Examples:
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
Type of:
area, country
a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

n an area where you can be alone

Synonyms:
hideaway
Type of:
area
a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

n withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation

“the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity”
Synonyms:
retirement
Type of:
withdrawal
the act of withdrawing

v move away, as for privacy

“The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer”
Types:
cocoon
retreat as if into a cocoon, as from an unfriendly environment
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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n (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position

Type of:
sign, signal, signaling
any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

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

Type of:
bugle call
a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle
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