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"retreat" in British English

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retreatverb

uk   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 ​enemyaircraftforced the ​tanks to retreat (from the ​city). When she came towards me ​shouting, I retreated (behind my ​desk).C2 [I] to go to a ​quietsafeplace in ​order to ​avoid a ​difficultsituation: When he's done something ​wrong, he retreats to his ​bedroom.

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retreatnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈtriːt/
  • 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 ​avoidfighting: the retreat from Dunkirk Enemy ​soldiers are now in (​full) retreat.C2 [C] a ​private and ​safeplace: a ​country/​mountain/​lakeside retreat [C or U] a ​period of ​time used to ​pray and ​studyquietly, or to ​thinkcarefully, away from ​normalactivities 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 ​heavyfire, 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 ​safeplace 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   us   /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 ​fullpercentagepoint against the ​euro.retreat to sth Share ​prices retreated 28p to 721p.retreat from sth Other ​high-techstocks retreated from ​stronggains 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   us   /rɪˈtriːt/
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 ​tradersresponded 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)
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