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English definition of “retreat”

retreat

verb (POSITION)    /rɪˈtriːt/
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 ).Responding to an attackRunning away and escaping 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 .Running away and escaping
(Definition of retreat verb (POSITION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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