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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    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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    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
    synonyms: 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”
    synonyms: 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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    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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