- a flag-lowering ceremony held at sunset on a military post.
- the bugle call or drumbeat played at this ceremony.
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for retreat
Origin of retreat
SYNONYMS FOR retreat
synonym study for retreat
OTHER WORDS FROM retreatre·treat·al, adjectivere·treat·er, nounre·treat·ive, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH retreatre-treat, retreat
Words nearby retreat
Definition for retreat (2 of 2)
verb (used with or without object)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-treatre-treat , retreat
Example sentences from the Web for retreat
My heart stopped as the fish owl pivoted and took to the air in retreat, but the weight of the noose carpet held and drew the bird softly back to ground.The quest to snare—and save—the world’s largest owl|Jonathan Slaght|August 28, 2020|Popular Science
Lawful hacking and cyber-espionage have grown enormously as a business over the past decade, with no signs of retreat.
So far, BDG has created these event kits for its virtual yoga retreat in May that was produced for advertiser Nature’s Way, and for its Self-Care Saturday event this past Saturday that was built with advertiser lip filler brand Restylane Kysse.How a new order of commerce is increasingly coming to the rescue for publishers with advertising challenges|Kayleigh Barber|August 17, 2020|Digiday
Bustle planned to host an afternoon-long yoga retreat in Austin, Texas this spring for vitamin and supplement brand Nature’s Way.How publishers are selling advertisers on virtual events|Kayleigh Barber|July 17, 2020|Digiday
The researchers also found that as the soapy film retreats, soap molecules pack together more tightly.Soap bubbles’ ‘pop’ reveals the physics of the bursts|Emily Conover|April 1, 2020|Science News For Students
She completed a yoga teacher-training program and, in the spring of 2008, went on a retreat in Peru to study with shamans.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Finally, a squad of reinforcements arrived and they were able to retreat.
The law professor, Benny Tai, urged the students to “retreat and take the spirit of the Umbrella Movement into the community.”
With falling temperatures, retreat has become a much more attractive option than before.
America, Stephens writes, is not necessarily in “decline” but rather “retreat.”‘America in Retreat’: Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We Can Do About It|James Kirchick|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prince John resumed his retreat from the lists, and the dispersion of the multitude became general.Ivanhoe|Walter Scott
They seem to follow the sun in its advance and retreat; and to fly on the zephyr wing after an eternal spring.
It can readily be traced in its retreat and easily taken from the sand.The World and Its People: Book VII|Anna B. Badlam
Well,” rejoined the Doctor, rising and striding toward a window, “a good general may order a retreat.Dr. Sevier|George W. Cable
Finally the Confederate lines began to waver and give way, and the bugle sounded the retreat.Brother Against Brother|John Roy Musick
British Dictionary definitions for retreat
verb (mainly intr)
- a withdrawal or retirement in the face of the enemy
- a bugle call signifying withdrawal or retirement, esp (formerly) to within a defended fortification
Word Origin for retreat
Idioms and Phrases with retreat
see beat a retreat.