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English definition of “retreat”

retreat

verb [I]    /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.
(Definition of retreat verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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