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English definition of “retreat”

retreat

verb [I]     /rɪˈtriːt/
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to become lower in value or amount , especially after getting higher : Wheat prices retreated after a two-day increase . By the end of business , the dollar had retreated by a full percentage point against the euro .retreat to sth Share prices retreated 28p to 721p.retreat from sth Other high-tech stocks retreated from strong gains earlier in the week .
to stop doing something, because it causes too many problems : retreat from sth The company retreated from the US market in the late 1990s.
(Definition of retreat verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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