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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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