|Origin:||retret, from retraire 'to withdraw', from Latin retrahere; RETRACT|
a movement away from the enemy after a defeat in battle [≠ advance]:
of an army[uncountable and countable]PM
Napoleon's retreat from Moscow
The rebel forces are in full retreat (=retreating very fast).
The bugler sounded the retreat (=gave a loud signal for retreat).
a movement away from someone or something
Ten thousand years ago the ice began its retreat from Scotland.
when you change your mind about something because your idea was unpopular or too difficult
change of intention[singular,uncountable]
a retreat from hard-line policies
a place you can go to that is quiet or safe:
a country retreat
a period of time that you spend praying or studying religion in a quiet place
thought and prayer[uncountable and countable]RR
on (a) retreat
I spent three weeks on retreat in Scotland.
a situation in which the value of shares etc falls to a lower level