Definition and Meanings for retreat

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Retreat is ranked 5,198 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of retreat

noun, intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of retreat

f. retraite, fr. retraire to withdraw, l. retrahere; pref. re- re- + trahere to draw. see trace, and cf. retract, retrace

Meaning of retreat


as noun

  • the act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially from what is dangerous or disagreeable.
  • the place to which anyone retires; a place or privacy or safety; a refuge; an asylum.
  • 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.;the withdrawing of a ship or fleet from an enemy for the purpose of avoiding an engagement or escaping after defeat.;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.
  • a special season of solitude and silence to engage in religious exercises.;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.

as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

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