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English definition of “retreat”

retreat

verb [I often + adv/prep] (DECISION)    /rɪˈtriːt/
to decide not to do something, or to stop believing something, because it causes too many problems: The government is retreating from its promises.Changing your mind
(Definition of retreat verb (DECISION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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