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retreat

verb [I]
 
 
/rɪˈtriːt/
When soldiers retreat, they move away from the enemy, especially to avoid fighting: The army was forced to retreat.Responding to an attack
retreat to/into, etc to go away to a place or situation that is safer or quieter: She retreated into the bathroom for some peace and quiet.Running away and escaping
(Definition of retreat verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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