retreat

[ ri-treet ]
/ rɪˈtrit /
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noun

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. retrainee,
  2. retral,
  3. retrally,
  4. retransmission,
  5. retread,
  6. retreat from reality,
  7. retreatant,
  8. retreatism,
  9. retrench,
  10. retrenchment

Idioms

    beat a retreat, to withdraw or retreat, especially hurriedly or in disgrace.

Origin of retreat

1300–50; (noun) Middle English retret < Old French, variant of retrait, noun use of past participle of retraire to draw back < Latin retrahere (re- re- + trahere to draw; see retract1); (v.) late Middle English retreten < Middle French retraitier < Latin retractāre to retract2

Related formsre·treat·al, adjectivere·treat·er, nounre·treat·ive, adjective

Can be confusedre-treat retreat

Synonym study

8. See depart.

re-treat

[ ree-treet ]
/ riˈtrit /

verb (used with or without object)

to treat again.

Origin of re-treat

First recorded in 1880–85; re- + treat

Can be confusedre-treat retreat

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British Dictionary definitions for retreat

retreat

/ (rɪˈtriːt) /

verb (mainly intr)

noun

Word Origin for retreat

C14: from Old French retret, from retraire to withdraw, from Latin retrahere to pull back; see retract

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Word Origin and History for retreat
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Idioms and Phrases with retreat

retreat

see beat a retreat.

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