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retreat

[ ri-treet ]
/ rɪˈtrit /
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noun

verb (used without object)

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Idioms for retreat

    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
8. See depart.
re·treat·al, adjectivere·treat·er, nounre·treat·ive, adjective
re-treat, retreat

Definition for retreat (2 of 2)

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
re-treat , retreat
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British Dictionary definitions for retreat

retreat
/ (rɪˈtriːt) /

verb (mainly intr)

noun

C14: from Old French retret, from retraire to withdraw, from Latin retrahere to pull back; see retract
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Idioms and Phrases with retreat

retreat

see beat a retreat.

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