- a flag-lowering ceremony held at sunset on a military post.
- the bugle call or drumbeat played at this ceremony.
verb (used without object)
SYNONYMS FOR retreat
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Idioms for retreat
Origin of 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
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
That could mean building expensive sea walls, replacing and moving huge stormwater pipes and perhaps the retreat of real estate from the old shoreline.Sacramento Report: Lawmakers Start Setting the Table|Sara Libby and MacKenzie Elmer|December 11, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Price indexes early next year will be compared with the sharp retreats experienced in March and April, which may push inflation to, or above, the Fed’s 2% goal.Investors are pricing in inflation for 2021. Here’s why it’s likely to be a mirage|Lee Clifford|December 7, 2020|Fortune
The House endorsed a landmark retreat in the nation’s decades-long war on drugs Friday, voting to remove marijuana from the federal schedule of controlled substances and provide for the regulation and taxation of legal cannabis sales.House votes to decriminalize marijuana as GOP resists national shift on pot|Mike DeBonis|December 4, 2020|Washington Post
CEO Joel Gascoigne and the team outline the increased productivity, freedom, and strong working relations that come from a remote company and regular retreats.
To build relationships and solve problems, some of these spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on retreats with employees and their families.
Goodman retreated to house arrest at his luxury mansion on $4 million bail.Money, Murder, and Adoption: The Wild Trial of the Polo King|Jacqui Goddard|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He and the troops then retreated across New Jersey to a winter redoubt.
She retreated into the lobby, but only to call for backup and an ambulance.Manhunt for a Cop-Hating Pennsylvania ‘Survivalist’|Michael Daly|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once you raised it, a massed army was wasting away, whether it fought or not, or whether it advanced, retreated, or stood still.
But at around 12 months, B. seemed to regress, and by age 2, he had fully retreated into his own world.
Not being sufficiently numerous to hold out the town as well as the Alamo, they retreated into the latter.
Our army, under the command of General Houston, was in front of Harrisburg, to which place the congress had retreated.
Black Sheep retreated to the nursery and read "Cometh up as a Flower" with deep and uncomprehending interest.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
Lannes retreated slowly on Essling, his troops suffering severely from the re-formed Austrian batteries.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
As the Americans retreated, the insurgents crept up, aided by a mist, to within short range and fired another volley.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
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.