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retreat

Synonyms and Antonyms of retreat

1 an act of moving away especially from something difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable

  • we made a strategic retreat when we realized that we were outnumbered
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2 something (as a building) that offers cover from the weather or protection from danger

  • her bedroom served as a retreat from the frequent arguing between her parents
  • the abandoned cabin was a welcome retreat from the storm
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retreat

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1 to move back or away (as from something difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable)

  • we retreated to the safety of the cellar at the first sign of the tornado
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give ground, give way, lose ground

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2 to hasten away from something dangerous or frightening

  • the untried soldiers retreated in humiliating disarray almost as soon as the enemyʼs onslaught began
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beat a retreat, beat it, make tracks, turn tail

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Synonym Discussion of retreat

recede, retreat, retract, back mean to move backward. recede implies a gradual withdrawing from a forward or high fixed point in time or space.
    • the flood waters gradually receded
retreat implies withdrawal from a point or position reached.
    • retreating soldiers
retract implies drawing back from an extended position.
    • a cat retracting its claws
back is used with up, down, out, or off to refer to any retrograde motion.
    • backed off on the throttle


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