1. (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat (synset 100057732)
    "the disorderly retreat of French troops"
  2. A place of privacy;
    A place affording peace and quiet (synset 108660590)
  3. (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position (synset 106817846)
  4. (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset (synset 106817705)
  5. An area where you can be alone (synset 103522810)
  6. Withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation (synset 100055472)
    "the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity"
  7. The act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant) (synset 100055303)
  1. Pull back or move away or backward (synset 201998474)
    "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"
  2. Move away, as for privacy (synset 202096743)
    "The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"
  3. Move back (synset 201998878)
    "The glacier retrogrades"
  4. Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity (synset 200801045)
    "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"

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