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Definition of 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

I can understand how some people might resent me for having the audacity to continue playing music, but it'd take a lot more than that to stop me from doing it. I started Foo Fighters because I didn't want to retreat.
Dave Grohl

I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat.
Sylvester Stallone

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
Marcus Aurelius

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
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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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