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retreat

1 verb
     
Related topics: Military
re‧treat1 [intransitive]
1

army

PM to move away from the enemy after being defeated in battle [≠ advance]:
The rebels retreated to the mountains.
They were attacked and forced to retreat.
2

move back

written
a) to move away from someone or something:
He saw her and retreated, too shy to speak to her.
retreat to/from/into etc
Perry lit the fuse and retreated to a safe distance.
It was not a conscious choice to retreat from public life.
b) if an area of water, snow, or land retreats, it gradually gets smaller:
The flood waters are slowly retreating.
3

change your mind

written to decide not to do something you were planning to do, because it was unpopular or too difficult
retreat from
The Canadian government has retreated from a plan to kill 300 wolves.
4

quiet place

to go away to a place that is quiet or safe
retreat from/into/to
After the noise of the city he was glad to retreat to his hotel room.
5

retreat into yourself/your shell/fantasy etc

to ignore what is happening around you and give all your attention to your private thoughts
6

finance

technical if shares etc retreat, their value falls to a lower level

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