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English definition of “retreat”

retreat

noun (POSITION)    /rɪˈtriːt/
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.Responding to an attack C2 [C] a private and safe place : a country / mountain / lakeside retreatSafe and enclosed spaces [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 .Time off work
(Definition of retreat noun (POSITION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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