retreat - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “retreat”

See all translations


verb [I]  us   /rɪˈtrit/
to move back and away from someone or something, esp. because you are frightened or want to be alone: She burst into tears and retreated to the bedroom. To retreat is also to go away from a person or place because you are unwilling to fight any more: Under heavy fire, the soldiers retreated.


noun [C/U]  us   /rɪˈtrit/
the act of going away from a person or place because you are unwilling to fight any more or are frightened: [U] Rebel soldiers were in (full) retreat. A retreat is also a private and safe place where you can be alone.
(Definition of retreat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of retreat?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “retreat” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

a game in hand

if a sports team has a game in hand over other teams in a competition, it still has another game to play in which it can gain points

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More