retreat

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English retret, borrowed from Old French retrait or retret, from Latin retractus, from retraho. Doublet of retract.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɹəˈtɹiːt/
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  • Rhymes: -iːt

NounEdit

retreat (plural retreats)

  1. The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
  2. The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.
  3. A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy or security.
  4. (rare and obsolete, euphemistic) A peaceful, quiet place in which to urinate and defecate: an outhouse; a lavatory.
  5. A period of retirement, seclusion, or solitude.
  6. A period of meditation, prayer or study.
  7. Withdrawal by military force from a dangerous position or from enemy attack.
  8. A signal for a military withdrawal.
  9. A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.
  10. A military ceremony to lower the flag.
  11. (chess) The move of a piece from a threatened position.
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VerbEdit

retreat (third-person singular simple present retreats, present participle retreating, simple past and past participle retreated) (intransitive)

  1. To withdraw from a position, go back.
  2. (of a glacier) To shrink back due to generally warmer temperatures.
  3. To slope back.
    • 1898, H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, London: William Heinemann, page 111:
      His face was a fair weakness, his chin retreated, and his hair lay in crisp, almost flaxen curls on his low forehead; his eyes were rather large, pale blue, and blankly staring.
    a retreating forehead
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Etymology 2Edit

re- +‎ treat

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VerbEdit

retreat (third-person singular simple present retreats, present participle retreating, simple past and past participle retreated)

  1. Alternative spelling of re-treat

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