- to treat again.
Origin of re-treat
- the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.
- the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.
- a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy: The library was his retreat.
- an asylum, as for the insane.
- a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.
- a flag-lowering ceremony held at sunset on a military post.
- the bugle call or drumbeat played at this ceremony.
- the recession of a surface, as a wall or panel, from another surface beside it.
- to withdraw, retire, or draw back, especially for shelter or seclusion.
- to make a retreat: The army retreated.
- to slope backward; recede: a retreating chin.
- to draw or lead back.
- beat a retreat, to withdraw or retreat, especially hurriedly or in disgrace.
Origin of retreat
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Related Wordsreverse, depart, backtrack, retire, recede, evacuate, leave, abandon, withdraw, escape, go, hide, reel, shrink, relinquish, quit, run, ebb, resign, avoid
Examples from the Web for retreated
Goodman retreated to house arrest at his luxury mansion on $4 million bail.Money, Murder, and Adoption: The Wild Trial of the Polo King
October 28, 2014
He and the troops then retreated across New Jersey to a winter redoubt.George Washington, the First Vaxxer
October 5, 2014
She retreated into the lobby, but only to call for backup and an ambulance.Manhunt for a Cop-Hating Pennsylvania ‘Survivalist’
September 17, 2014
Once you raised it, a massed army was wasting away, whether it fought or not, or whether it advanced, retreated, or stood still.Why the U.S. Army Is Stuck in the 19th Century
September 2, 2014
They retreated south, giving up what they controlled of Der al Zour to ISIS without ISIS having to fire a shot.U.S. Ignored Warnings Before ISIS Takeover of a Key City
July 10, 2014
Mrs. McKee knew herself routed, and retreated to the kitchen.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
As they retreated, many took refuge in the village of Jalalkot.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
He went nearer to her, and as he did so, she retreated further into the shadow.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
But the British have retreated, you say, and there was a sortie from the fort?In the Valley
The driver closed the window again as he retreated, and they were alone.Night and Morning, Complete
- military to withdraw or retire in the face of or from action with an enemy, either due to defeat or in order to adopt a more favourable position
- to retire or withdraw, as to seclusion or shelter
- (of a person's features) to slope back; recede
- (tr) chess to move (a piece) back
- the act of retreating or withdrawing
- a withdrawal or retirement in the face of the enemy
- a bugle call signifying withdrawal or retirement, esp (formerly) to within a defended fortification
- retirement or seclusion
- a place, such as a sanatorium or monastery, to which one may retire for refuge, quiet, etc
- a period of seclusion, esp for religious contemplation
- an institution, esp a private one, for the care and treatment of people who are mentally ill, infirm, elderly, etc
Word Origin and History for retreated
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.
Idioms and Phrases with retreated
see beat a retreat.