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  • the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
  • withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation
    • the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity
  • an area where you can be alone
  • (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
  • (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
  • a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
  • (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
  • 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
  • move back
    • The glacier retrogrades
  • move away, as for privacy
    • The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer
  • pull back or move away or backward
    • The enemy withdrew
    • The limo pulled away from the curb
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