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
Examples from the Web for retreating
Hamdan also appears to be retreating when the lethal shot is fired.A New Intifada? Israel’s Arab Citizen Uprising Spreads|Creede Newton|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For retreating in 1999, Sharif was overthrown in a coup by the army commander, Pervez Musharraf, who had planned the Kargil War.
And President Obama has caused more carnage in Iraq by retreating than other presidents caused by invading.Up to a Point: Shrugging Our Way Back to War in Iraq|P. J. O’Rourke|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Batman resents Superman for disbanding the Justice League and retreating into isolating.
Finally, many will ask why I am coming forward publicly, instead of simply blowing the whistle and retreating into the shadows.
Treading water he listened intently for a few moments, and then made out the sound of retreating footsteps.The Boy Allies On the Firing Line|Clair W. Hayes
It was not even necessary on this occasion to fall upon the retreating enemy.Owen Glyndwr and the Last Struggle for Welsh Independence|Arthur Granville Bradley
She was in the trenches the day of the Armisticetalked with Germans; not prisoners, you understandbut the retreating Germans.Out of the Air|Inez Haynes Irwin
It was too late for him singly to attempt to rally the retreating troops.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74|John Lothrop Motley
Elsie's childlike eyes had been watching the evening shadow of the cliffs creep along the valley after the retreating sunlight.Bloom of Cactus|Robert Ames Bennet
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.