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Retreat Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; "a religious retreat"
  • (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy''s superior forces or after a defeat; "the disorderly retreat of French troops"
  • an area where you can be alone
  • (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
  • (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
  • a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
  • make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity; "We''ll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"; "He backed out of his earlier promise"; "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"
  • pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"
  • move back; "The glacier retrogrades"
  • move away, as for privacy; "The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat; "the disorderly retreat of French troops" ,
  • a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet ,
  • (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position ,
  • (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset ,
  • an area where you can be alone ,
  • withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; "the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity"

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Retreat Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A military withdrawal or retreat is a type of military operation. It generally means pulling back forces while maintaining contact with the enemy. There are several reasons why a military force would retreat. A force might pull back to occupy ground that is easier to defend. A retreat may be used to lead an enemy into an ambush. It may be moving back as quickly as possible in order to save your army from defeat. A withdrawal or retreat can be risky. It requires discipline to keep forces organized and not turn a retreat into a rout. Care must also be taken so a retreat does not damage a force's morale.

A withdrawal may be necessary when a defending force is outmatched or on disadvantageous ground. But it is usually important to cause as much damage to an enemy as possible. In such a case, the retreating force may employ a number of tactics and strategies. These are to slow an enemy's progress. This could include setting mines or booby traps during or before withdrawal. Sometimes ambush by a small force can slow or stop an enemy advance. Also, leading the enemy into prepared artillery barrages, or the use of scorched earth tactics.



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* The only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. - Richard Milhous Nixon

* First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

* Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future. - Jim


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