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Definition 1: (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat - [noun denoting act]

Samples where retreat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the disorderly retreat of French troops

(retreat is a kind of ...) the act of withdrawing

"the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"

(... is a kind of retreat ) to break off a military action with an enemy

(retreat belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 2: withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation - [noun denoting act]

Samples where retreat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity

Synonyms for retreat in the sense of this definition

(retreat is a kind of ...) the act of withdrawing

"the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"

Definition 3: the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant) - [noun denoting act]

(retreat is a kind of ...) the act of withdrawing

"the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"

Definition 4: an area where you can be alone - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for retreat in the sense of this definition

(retreat is a kind of ...) a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

"the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"

Definition 5: (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset - [noun denoting communication]

(retreat is a kind of ...) a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle

(retreat belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 6: (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position - [noun denoting communication]

(retreat is a kind of ...) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"

(retreat belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 7: a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet - [noun denoting location]

(retreat is a kind of ...) a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

"it was a mountainous area" "Bible country"

(... is a kind of retreat ) (India) a place of religious retreat for Hindus

(... is a kind of retreat ) a place of religious retreat modeled after the Indian ashram

(... is a kind of retreat ) a sheltered and secluded place

(... is a kind of retreat ) a cosy or secluded retreat

(... is a kind of retreat ) a pleasant and secluded part of a garden; usually attached to a mansion

(... is a kind of retreat ) a place of inviolable privacy

"he withdrew to his sanctum sanctorum, where the children could never go"

(... is an instance of retreat) a retreat to the northwest of Washington that is used by the president of the United States

Definition 8: make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity - [verb of communication]

Samples where retreat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for retreat in the sense of this definition

(retreat has a similar meaning as ...) pull back or move away or backward

"The enemy withdrew" "The limo pulled away from the curb"

Definition 9: pull back or move away or backward - [verb of motion]

Samples where retreat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The enemy withdrew
  • The limo pulled away from the curb

Synonyms for retreat in the sense of this definition

(retreat is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of retreat ) move back and away from

"The enemy fell back"

(... is a kind of retreat ) move back

"The glacier retrogrades"

(... is a kind of retreat ) move backwards from a certain position

"The bully had to back down"

(retreat has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 10: move back - [verb of motion]

Samples where retreat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The glacier retrogrades

Synonyms for retreat in the sense of this definition

(retreat is a kind of ...) pull back or move away or backward

"The enemy withdrew" "The limo pulled away from the curb"

Definition 11: move away, as for privacy - [verb of motion]

Samples where retreat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer

(retreat is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of retreat ) retreat as if into a cocoon, as from an unfriendly environment

"Families cocoon around the T.V. set most evenings" "She loves to stay at home and cocoon"

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