retreat

retreat
re|treat1 [rıˈtri:t] v
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1¦(army)¦
2¦(move back)¦
3¦(change your mind)¦
4¦(quiet place)¦
5 retreat into yourself/your shell/fantasy etc
6¦(finance)¦
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1.) ¦(ARMY)¦
to move away from the enemy after being defeated in battle
≠ ↑advance
The rebels retreated to the mountains.
They were attacked and forced to retreat.
2.) ¦(MOVE BACK)¦
[i]written
a) to move away from someone or something
He saw her and retreated, too shy to speak to her.
retreat to/from/into etc
Perry lit the fuse and retreated to a safe distance.
It was not a conscious choice to retreat from public life.
b) if an area of water, snow, or land retreats, it gradually gets smaller
The flood waters are slowly retreating.
3.) ¦(CHANGE YOUR MIND)¦
written to decide not to do something you were planning to do, because it was unpopular or too difficult
retreat from
The Canadian government has retreated from a plan to kill 300 wolves.
4.) ¦(QUIET PLACE)¦
to go away to a place that is quiet or safe
retreat from/into/to
After the noise of the city he was glad to retreat to his hotel room.
5.) retreat into yourself/your shell/fantasy etc
to ignore what is happening around you and give all your attention to your private thoughts
6.) ¦(FINANCE)¦
technical if shares etc retreat, their value falls to a lower level
retreat 2
retreat2 n
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1¦(of an army)¦
2¦(movement back)¦
3 beat a retreat
4¦(change of intention)¦
5¦(place)¦
6¦(thought and prayer)¦
7¦(finance)¦
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: retret, from retraire 'to withdraw', from Latin retrahere; RETRACT]
1.) ¦(OF AN ARMY)¦ [U and C]
a movement away from the enemy after a defeat in battle
≠ ↑advance
Napoleon's retreat from Moscow
The rebel forces are in full retreat (=retreating very fast) .
The bugler sounded the retreat (=gave a loud signal for retreat) .
2.) ¦(MOVEMENT BACK)¦ [singular,U]
a movement away from someone or something
retreat from
Ten thousand years ago the ice began its retreat from Scotland.
3.) beat a retreat informal
to leave a place quickly
I saw my aunt coming and beat a hasty retreat .
4.) ¦(CHANGE OF INTENTION)¦ [singular,U]
when you change your mind about something because your idea was unpopular or too difficult
retreat from
a retreat from hard-line policies
5.) ¦(PLACE)¦
a place you can go to that is quiet or safe
a country retreat
6.) ¦(THOUGHT AND PRAYER)¦ [U and C]
a period of time that you spend praying or studying religion in a quiet place
on (a) retreat
I spent three weeks on retreat in Scotland.
7.) ¦(FINANCE)¦ [singular,U]
technical a situation in which the value of shares etc falls to a lower level

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