- 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
She showed up late and confused to her first silent retreat, but Caverly Morgan eventually trained for eight years in silence at a Zen monastery.“I Am Not This Voice. I Am Not This Narrative.” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 7: Caverly Morgan|Steven D. Levitt|November 14, 2020|Freakonomics
“A shameful retreat,” Bob Perciasepe, a former top Environmental Protection Agency official and president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, called the move in an email.As U.S. leaves Paris accord, climate policy hangs on election outcome|Brady Dennis, Juliet Eilperin, Dino Grandoni|November 5, 2020|Washington Post
Her retreat was a significant victory for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.Susan Collins Backed Down From a Fight with Private Equity. Now They’re Underwriting Her Reelection.|by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Theodoric Meyer, Politico|October 29, 2020|ProPublica
An exception to the retreat was a jump in lending to small businesses driven by the federal Payroll Protection Program that guaranteed loans to employers that kept their workers employed.How JPMorgan Chase is proceeding with extreme caution—and still making plenty of money|Shawn Tully|October 14, 2020|Fortune
The retreat of North America’s ice sheets in the latter years of the last ice age may have begun with “catastrophic” losses of ice into the North Pacific Ocean along the coast of modern-day British Columbia and Alaska, scientists say.Large-scale changes in Earth’s climate may originate in the Pacific|Gloria Dickie|October 8, 2020|Science News
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.
The throng took a collective breath before retreating back behind their office doors.
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
This was the rear guard of an army that lost a battle, firing one last volley before retreating.McDaniel Supporters Allege Fundraising Violations by NRSC|Ben Jacobs|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perry Thomas parted from us at the gate, and we stood watching his retreating figure till we lost it at the bend.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
He was a Roman general who was very famous for his ability in retreating, and getting out of an enemy's way.
Kerry glared after the retreating figures for a moment, and a grin of fierce satisfaction revealed his gleaming teeth.Dope|Sax Rohmer
Into the houses, and behind every garden fence and hedge, the retreating Federals gathered.
"He couldn't have meant that," she murmured, as she looked at his retreating figure until it was out of sight.
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.