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Definition of Retreat

Retreat

  1. The act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially from what is dangerous or disagreeable.
  2. The place to which anyone retires; a place or privacy or safety; a refuge; an asylum.
  3. 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.
  4. The withdrawing of a ship or fleet from an enemy for the purpose of avoiding an engagement or escaping after defeat.
  5. 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.
  6. A special season of solitude and silence to engage in religious exercises.
  7. 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.
  8. To make a retreat; to retire from any position or place; to withdraw; as, the defeated army retreated from the field.

Retreat Quotations

I will be as harsh as truth, and uncompromising as justice... I am in earnest, I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard.
William Lloyd Garrison

In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance.
Joseph Stalin

Most fathers don't see the war within the daughter, her struggles with conflicting images of the idealized and flawed father, her temptation both to retreat to Daddy's lap and protection and to push out of his embrace to that of beau and the world beyond home.
Victoria Secunda

Follow me if I advance! Kill me if I retreat! Revenge me if I die!
Ngo Dinh Diem

That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.
Aphra Behn
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Retreat Translations

retreat in Dutch is aftrekken, de aftocht blazen
retreat in French is retraite
retreat in Latin is terga dare, recedentia, recipio recepi receptum
retreat in Portuguese is recuo
retreat in Spanish is retirada, retirado
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