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Meaning of RETREAT

Pronunciation:  ree'treet

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; "a religious retreat"
  2. [n]  (military) withdrawal to a more favorable position
  3. [n]  an area where you can be alone
  4. [n]  (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
  5. [n]  (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
  6. [n]  a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
  7. [v]  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"
  8. [v]  pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"
  9. [v]  move back; "The glacier retrogrades"
  10. [v]  move away, as for privacy; "The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"

RETREAT is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: back away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, draw back, hideaway, move back, pull away, pull back, pull back, pull in one's horns, recede, retire, retirement, retrograde, withdraw, withdraw
 See Also: area, area, back down, back off, back up, bugle call, Camp David, country, disengagement, fall back, fallback, go, high-tail, locomote, move, nest, nook, pleasance, pullout, sanctum, sanctum sanctorum, sign, signal, signaling, travel, withdrawal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*treat"\, n. [F. retraite, fr. retraire to withdraw,
    L. retrahere; pref. re- re- + trahere to draw. See {Trace},
    and cf. {Retract}, {Retrace}.]
    1. The act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially
       from what is dangerous or disagreeable.
             In a retreat he o?truns any lackey.   --Shak.
    2. The place to which anyone retires; a place or privacy or
       safety; a refuge; an asylum.
             He built his son a house of pleasure, and spared no
             cost to make a delicious retreat.     --L'Estrange.
             That pleasing shade they sought, a soft retreat From
             sudden April showers, a shelter from the heat.
    3. (Mil. & Naval.)
       (a) 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.
       (b) The withdrawing of a ship or fleet from an enemy for
           the purpose of avoiding an engagement or escaping
           after defeat.
       (c) 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
    Note: A retreat is properly an orderly march, in which
          circumstance it differs from a flight.
    4. (Eccl.)
       (a) A special season of solitude and silence to engage in
           religious exercises.
       (b) 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
    Syn: Retirement; departure; withdrawment; seclusion;
         solitude; privacy; asylum; shelter; refuge.
  2. \Re*treat"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Retreated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Retreating}.]
    To make a retreat; to retire from any position or place; to
    withdraw; as, the defeated army retreated from the field.
          The rapid currents drive Towards the retreating sea
          their furious tide.                      --Milton.