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English definition of “retreat”

retreat

noun
 
 
/rɪˈtriːt/
MOVE [U, no plural] a move away, especially to a place or situation that is safer or quieter: He saw the dog coming towards him and beat a hasty retreat (= moved quickly away).Direction of motionPoints of the compassRunning away and escaping
MILITARY [C, U] a move back by soldiers or an army, especially to avoid fighting: a strategic retreatResponding to an attack
PLACE [C] a quiet place where you can go to rest or be alone: a mountain retreatSafe and enclosed spaces
(Definition of retreat noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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