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Definitions of retreat

  1. 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"
  2. pull back or move away or backward; " The enemy withdrew"; " The limo pulled away from the curb"
  3. an area where you can be alone
  4. withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; " a religious retreat"
  5. move away, as for privacy; " The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"
  6. ( military) withdrawal to a more favorable position
  7. ( military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
  8. ( military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
  9. a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
  10. move back; " The glacier retrogrades"
  11. ( 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"
  12. The act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially from what is dangerous or disagreeable.
  13. The place to which anyone retires; a place or privacy or safety; a refuge; an asylum.
  14. 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.
  15. The withdrawing of a ship or fleet from an enemy for the purpose of avoiding an engagement or escaping after defeat.
  16. 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 action.
  17. A special season of solitude and silence to engage in religious exercises.
  18. 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 retreat.
  19. To make a retreat; to retire from any position or place; to withdraw; as, the defeated army retreated from the field.
  20. The act of with drawing or retiring; place of privacy; shelter; asylum; the retiring of troops from the face of an enemy; a bugle call which is a signal for retiring from an engagement, or to quarters.
  21. To go back or backward; withdraw to seclusion or to a place of safety; retire before an enemy.
  22. A drawing back or retracing ones steps: retirement: place of privacy: a place of security: a shelter: in the Catholic Church, a religious devotion observed by the clergy and ecclesiastical students, and usually lasting for a week, during which time prayer, exhortation, and meditation completely shut out worldly concerns: ( mil.) the act of retiring in order from before the enemy, or from an advanced position: the signal for retiring from an engagement or to quarters.
  23. To draw back: to retire, esp. to a place of shelter or security: to retire before an enemy or from an advanced position.
  24. Act of retiring; shelter; seclusion.
  25. To draw back; retire; take refuge.
  26. To withdraw; retire; recede.
  27. The act of retreating; retirement; seclusion; refuge.
  28. The act of retiring; retirement or seclusion; place of retirement; place of safety or security; the retiring of an army from the face of an enemy or an advanced position; a signal for retiring to quarters or from an engagement.
  29. To retire from any position or place; to withdraw to seclusion or safety; to retire; to retire from an enemy. See Retract.
  30. To withdraw for safety or seclusion; to retire from any position or place; in mil., to retire before an enemy.
  31. Retirement; seclusion; place of safety or privacy; the retiring of an army before an enemy, or from an advanced position.
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Quotes of retreat

  1. Some actors get fired up by the sound of the audience. I just want to retreat – Francesca Annis
  2. It was announced as a French victory by the French Minister of War. I did not see any sign of victory but only the retreat of the French forces engaged in the battle. – Philip Gibbs
  3. Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win- essential to success. – Napoleon Hill
  4. Never retreat Never explain. Get it done and let them howl. – Benjamin Jowett
  5. I never stopped studying Buddhism. In the past few years, in between movies, I do a retreat – Jet Li
  6. Follow me if I advance, kill me if I retreat avenge me if I die. – Mary Matalin
  7. In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons. – Mary McCarthy
  8. You have to know when to strike and when to retreat – John Oates
  9. We as a people, as a state, and as a community, have too much promise, too much potential, and too much at stake to go any other way than forward. We are too strong in our hearts, too innovative in our minds, and too firm in our beliefs to retreat from our goals. – Bill Richardson
  10. The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion. – Potter Stewart
  11. Christians take Scriptures out of context to try to justify or to vindicate retreat and cowardice. – Randall Terry
  12. We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union, or at least for its retreat and they were going to be full of initiative in all areas of life- in culture, in economy and in politics. – Andrzej Wajda
  13. The impossibility of a retreat makes no difference in the situation of men resolved to conquer or die; and, believe me, my friends, if your conquest could be bought with the blood of your general, he would most cheerfully resign a life which he has long devoted to his country. – James Wolfe
  14. A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away. – William Wycherley

Usage examples for retreat

  1. Retreat a few steps, spring to one side and fire again. – Myths and Legends of the Sioux by Marie L. McLaughlin
  2. He ordered the retreat to the camp. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  3. He began to retreat and they to follow. – Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
  4. They began to retreat and by evening all was peaceful where the battle had been. – Thirty Indian Legends by Margaret Bemister
  5. " I suppose it's our business to retreat returned the corporal. – The Boy Volunteers with the French Airmen by Kenneth Ward
  6. Achard's farm would be a safe retreat for you and for Ffoulkes: if... – El Dorado by Baroness Orczy
  7. My message to you is, turn away from it, another step may make retreat impossible. – Men in the Making by Ambrose Shepherd
  8. It was a comfort to feel that she had an assured retreat for the news from England became more and more exciting. – Henrietta Maria by Henrietta Haynes
  9. Still this is the only path it has been possible to make down to the Indian retreat – I Married a Ranger by Dama Margaret Smith
  10. On this he beat a retreat uttering a mocking shout of laughter- so it seemed to me- and quickly disappeared. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  11. Retreat to Sladen Water. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  12. The German submarines made no offer to retreat – The Boy Allies with Uncle Sams Cruisers by Ensign Robert L. Drake
  13. They got away, leaving one dead and carrying three, making a bee line for the beach, the schooner covering their retreat with a blazing Nordenfeldt. – Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas by Lloyd Osbourne
  14. We slept part of the time, and early in the morning I had to make good my retreat – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  15. Where did you put your gun when you found that you had to retreat – Frank on a Gun-Boat by Harry Castlemon
  16. Then, my friends, said Stanley, let us lose no time in making our retreat – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  17. That terrible man had almost promised him that a way of retreat should be made easy to him. – Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope
  18. He continued to retreat – The Boy Allies Under the Sea by Robert L. Drake
  19. He knew that his retreat had been cut off. – The Strong Arm by Robert Barr
  20. It happened that his line of retreat passed by where Hoddan stood. – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster