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retreat

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.

retreat

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.
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