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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·treat /rɪˈtrit/
 休息寓所,撤退,隱居,退避,避難所(vi.)撤退,隱退,放棄,向後傾(vt.)退(棋)

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·treat n.
 1. The act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially from what is dangerous or disagreeable.
    In a retreat he o░truns any lackey.   --Shak.
 2. The place to which anyone retires; a place or privacy or safety; a refuge; an asylum.
    He built his son a house of pleasure, and spared no cost to make a delicious retreat.   --L'Estrange.
 That pleasing shade they sought, a soft retreat
 From sudden April showers, a shelter from the heat.   --Dryden.
 3. Mil. & Naval. (a) 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. (b) The withdrawing of a ship or fleet from an enemy for the purpose of avoiding an engagement or escaping after defeat. (c) 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.
 Note:A retreat is properly an orderly march, in which circumstance it differs from a flight.
 4. Eccl. (a) A special season of solitude and silence to engage in religious exercises. (b) 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.
 Syn: -- Retirement; departure; withdrawment; seclusion; solitude; privacy; asylum; shelter; refuge.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·treat v. i. [imp. & p. p. Retreated; p. pr. & vb. n. Retreating.] To make a retreat; to retire from any position or place; to withdraw; as, the defeated army retreated from the field.
 The rapid currents drive
 Towards the retreating sea their furious tide.   --Milton.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 retreat
      n 1: (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"
      2: a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
      3: (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous
         position
      4: (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag
         at sunset
      5: an area where you can be alone [syn: hideaway]
      6: withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; "a religious
         retreat" [syn: retirement]
      v 1: pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew";
           "The limo pulled away from the curb" [syn: withdraw, pull
           away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move
           back]
      2: move away, as for privacy; "The Pope retreats to
         Castelgondolfo every summer"
      3: move back; "The glacier retrogrades" [syn: retrograde]
      4: 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" [syn: pull back,
          back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull
         in one's horns, withdraw]