retreat ( retreats plural & 3rd person present) ( retreating present participle) ( retreated past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you retreat, you move away from something or someone.
`I've already got a job,' I said quickly, and retreated from the room... V prep, Also V
2 verb When an army retreats, it moves away from enemy forces in order to avoid fighting them.
The French, suddenly outnumbered, were forced to retreat... V
Retreat is also a noun., n-var
In June 1942, the British 8th Army was in full retreat.
3 verb If you retreatfrom something such as a plan or a way of life, you give it up, usually in order to do something safer or less extreme.
I believe people should live in houses that allow them to retreat from the harsh realities of life... V from/into n
Retreat is also a noun., n-var usu N from/into n
The President's remarks appear to signal that there will be no retreat from his position...
4 n-count A retreat is a quiet, isolated place that you go to in order to rest or to do things in private.
oft supp N
He spent yesterday hidden away in his country retreat.
5 If you beat a retreat, you leave a place quickly in order to avoid an embarrassing or dangerous situation.
beat a retreat phrase V inflects
Cockburn decided it was time to beat a hasty retreat.
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