Definition of 'retreat'

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Example sentences containing 'retreat'

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Officers beat a hasty retreat and the violence quickly spread. The Sun (2016)Wellness retreats are also big here. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This was his country retreat as in those days Highbury was surrounded by fields. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It's the perfect country retreat, which oozes sophistication. The Sun (2017)Unsurprisingly, the couple have used the home for entertaining on a lavish scale, not just as a quiet family retreat. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Less shocking but equally affecting was her quiet retreat after his death, returning home to London and a kitchen of dead flowers. Times, Sunday Times (2016)When your enemy retreats on to his safest ground you should not yourself become prickly or defensive. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Since the war there has been a slow retreat from life below ground. Times, Sunday Times (2008)We also offer marriage retreats and seminars for couples. Christianity Today (2000)The cruises are very sociable and are not recommended for anyone seeking a quiet retreat. The Sun (2009)They like to stay in the best places and retreat from the world. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Treat yourself to some creature comforts at one of these four gorgeous country retreats. The Sun (2015)The first wave of the enemy began to retreat. Malcolm Balen A Model Victory (2005)Bespoke retreats are also available throughout the year. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They are a necessary place of retreat from the controlling centre. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It sounds like he struggles with intimacy and retreats back to his electronic world where he feels safer. The Sun (2014)Your local church or religious centre may also have details of retreats which may be available to you. Ingham, Christine Life Without Work (1994)They were faced with retreating into savagery or finding somewhere where knowledge and technical skills could be preserved. Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels (1993)Four out of ten say they use the wooden buildings as a retreat from family life or a base for hobbies. The Sun (2012)The perfect retreat from modern life. Times, Sunday Times (2014) Beat the retreat, take the issue out of the headlines. Times, Sunday Times (2014)No queues or canteen chaos - good news for those seeking a quiet lunchtime retreat. Times, Sunday Times (2007)One friend also did a midlife downsize following a retreat back to London. Times, Sunday Times (2014)While the upper classes enjoyed parties and country retreats, workers were boiling with resentment. Times, Sunday Times (2011)With 400 acres to explore, it is the perfect retreat away from hectic city life. The Sun (2011)

Synonyms of 'retreat'

climb down, change your decision, backtrack, do a U-turn
ebb, recede, flow out, go down
climbdown, about-turn, retraction, backdown

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Translations for 'retreat'

British English: retreat VERB
If you retreat, you move away from something or someone.
'I've already got a job,' I said quickly, and retreated from the room.
  • American English: retreat
  • Brazilian Portuguese: retirar-se
  • Chinese: 退出
  • European Spanish: retirarse
  • French: battre en retraite
  • German: sich zurückziehen
  • Italian: ritirarsi
  • Japanese: 立ち去る
  • Korean: 물러나다
  • European Portuguese: retirar-se
  • Spanish: retirarse


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