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.
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.
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
4: (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag
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
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]