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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

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

Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win - essential to success.
Napoleon Hill

Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.
Benjamin Jowett

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

My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack.
Ferdinand Foch
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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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