retreat[ ri-treet ]SEE DEFINITION OF retreat
Synonyms for retreat
Antonyms for retreat
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RETREAT
Unless we are fortunate enough to find some, retreat is inevitable.
If we fail, there must be a retreat westwards at least seventy miles.
The Czar might retreat until his pursuers perished of fatigue and hunger.
A few shots were exchanged, and Melton was compelled to retreat.
Doyle had received news, which occasioned him to retreat for Camden.
As well as he was able, about midnight he left his retreat and approached the cabin.
At once, Smithson became apologetic, while refusing to retreat.
Some of the dignity of his retreat was lost by the fact that the cat followed him, close at his heels.
The Mantineans suffered severely in their retreat, but of the Argives only a few were slain.
But now the real difficulties of the retreat began to appear.
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.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RETREAT
- back off
- back out
- back pedal
- beg off
- bow out
- cave in
- chicken out
- cop out
- give ground
- give in
- give up
- go back on
- have no fight left
- hold back
- pull back
- pull out
- take back
- wimp out
- withdraw from agreement or statement