› [I] If a price retreats, it goes down after it has gone up: Wheat prices retreated after a two-day increase.
› to stop doing something, because it causes too many problems: retreat from sth The company retreated from the US market in the late 1990s.
› FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a fall in the price, amount, etc. of something, especially after having been high: a retreat from sth Over the past few weeks we have seen the currency's big retreat from its historic high. The FTSE 100 was also in retreat as London traders responded to falls on Wall Street.
› a decision not to do something you had planned to do, because it causes too many problems