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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

It's no coincidence that the word 'holiday' suggests a holy day, or that the longest book in the Torah concerns the Sabbath. If you wish to advance in any sphere, the best way is to take a retreat.
Pico Iyer

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

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

There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.
Roland Barthes

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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