verb (used with or without object)
Origin of re-treat
- a flag-lowering ceremony held at sunset on a military post.
- the bugle call or drumbeat played at this ceremony.
verb (used without object)
Origin of retreat
Synonyms for retreat
Antonyms for retreat
Related Words for retreatedreverse, 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of retreated
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
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.