1 (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 a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
3 (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
4 (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
5 an area where you can be alone [syn: hideaway]
6 withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; "a religious retreat" [syn: retirement]
1 pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb" [syn: withdraw, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back]
2 move away, as for privacy; "The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"
3 move back; "The glacier retrogrades" [syn: retrograde]
4 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" [syn: pull back, back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, withdraw]
EtymologyFrom Middle English retret, from Old French retrait or retret (to draw back), from Latin retrahere (retract).
- Rhymes: -iːt
- 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.
act of pulling back or withdrawing
- Czech: ústup
- To withdraw military forces.
- Chinese: 引退 (yǐntuì)
- Czech: ustoupit
- Dutch: zich terugtrekken
- Finnish: peräytyä
- French: se retirer
- German: sich zurückziehen
- Icelandic: hörfa
- Italian: ritirarsi
- Latin: pedem referre
- Japanese: 退却する (たいきゃくする, taikyaku suru)
- Korean: 후퇴하다 (hutoehada)
- Persian: (aqab nišīnī)
- Portuguese: retirar-se
- Russian: отступать (otstupát’)
- Spanish: retirarse
- Swedish: retirera
Retreat may refer to:
- Retreat (spiritual), a religious or spiritual term for time taken to reflect or meditate
- Retreat (military), a withdrawal of military forces
- Retreat (survivalism), a place of refuge for those in the Survivalist subculture or movement
- Bugle call, a military signal for the end of day
- The Retreat, a private mental hospital in York, England, founded in 1796
- Retreat, Western Cape, a suburb of Cape Town in South Africa, a few kilometres north of Muizenberg
- Retreat, Indiana, a small town in the United States
- Retreat, Wisconsin, an unincorporated community in the United States
- Retreat, County Antrim, a small village in Northern Ireland
In musicSongs named "Retreat" include:
retreat in German: Retraite
retreat in French: Retraite
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