- a flag-lowering ceremony held at sunset on a military post.
- the bugle call or drumbeat played at this ceremony.
verb (used without object)
- retreat from reality,
Origin of retreat
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of re-treat
Examples from the Web for retreat
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
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
c.1300, "a step backward;" late 14c., "act of retiring or withdrawing; military signal for retiring from action or exercise," from Old French retret, noun use of past participle of retrere "draw back," from Latin retrahere "draw back, withdraw, call back," from re- "back" (see re-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)). Meaning "place of seclusion" is from early 15c.; sense of "establishment for mentally ill persons" is from 1797. Meaning "period of retirement for religious self-examination" is from 1756.
early 15c., "to draw in, draw back, leave the extremities," from retreat (n.) and in part from Old French retret, past participle of retrere. Meaning "to fall back from battle" is mid-15c. Related: Retreated; retreating.
see beat a retreat.