Meaning of “retreat” in the English Dictionary

"retreat" in British English

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uk /rɪˈtriːt/ us /rɪˈtriːt/

retreat verb (POSITION)

C2 [ I often + adv/prep ] to go away from a place or person in order to escape from fighting or danger:

Attacks by enemy aircraft forced the tanks to retreat (from the city).
When she came towards me shouting, I retreated (behind my desk).

C2 [ I ] to go to a quiet safe place in order to avoid a difficult situation:

When he's done something wrong, he retreats to his bedroom.

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retreat noun (POSITION)

C2 [ C usually singular, U ] a move back by soldiers or an army, either because they have been defeated or in order to avoid fighting:

the retreat from Dunkirk
Enemy soldiers are now in (full) retreat.

[ C or U ] a period of time used to pray and study quietly, or to think carefully, away from normal activities and duties:

We went on (a) retreat at/to a monastery in Wales.

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(Definition of “retreat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"retreat" in American English

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retreatverb [ 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.

retreatnoun [ 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.

(Definition of “retreat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"retreat" in Business English

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retreatverb [ I ]

uk /rɪˈtriːt/ us

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.

retreatnoun [ S or U ]

uk /rɪˈtriːt/ us

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

(Definition of “retreat” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)