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retreat

noun (n)

  • (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat (noun.act)
    Example:
    The disorderly retreat of French troops.
    source: wordnet30
  • a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet (noun.location)
    source: wordnet30
  • (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • an area where you can be alone (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: hideaway
    source: wordnet30
  • withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation (noun.act)
    Synonym: retirement
    Example:
    The religious retreat is a form of vacation activity.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant) (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • The act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially from what is dangerous or disagreeable. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • pull back or move away or backward (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • move away, as for privacy (verb.motion)
    Example:
    The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer.
    source: wordnet30
  • move back (verb.motion)
    Synonym: retrograde
    source: wordnet30
  • make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • To make a retreat; to retire from any position or place; to withdraw; as, the defeated army retreated from the field. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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