vi. 撤退，后退; 撤销，作罢; （眼睛等）凹进; [航]向后倾斜
n. 撤回; 静居处; 引退期间; 静思，静修
If you retreat, you move away from something or someone.
'I've already got a job,' I said quickly, and retreated from the room...
The young nurse pulled a face at the Matron's retreating figure.
When an army retreats, it moves away from enemy forces in order to avoid fighting them.
The French, suddenly outnumbered, were forced to retreat...
Retreating soldiers were dousing homes and shops with petrol and setting them on fire.
If you retreat from something such as a plan or a way of life, you give it up, usually in order to do something safer or less extreme.
I believe people should live in houses that allow them to retreat from the harsh realities of life...
From bouncing confidence she had retreated into self-pity.
A retreat is a quiet, isolated place that you go to in order to rest or to do things in private.
He spent yesterday hidden away in his country retreat.
If you beat a retreat, you leave a place quickly in order to avoid an embarrassing or dangerous situation.
Cockburn decided it was time to beat a hasty retreat.
1. (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat;
2. a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
3. (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
4. (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
5. an area where you can be alone
6. withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation;
1. pull back or move away or backward;
2. move away, as for privacy;
3. move back;
4. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity;
retire, retreat, withdraw
beat a retreat
The enemy troops were in full retreat.
They spent a week in ( a ) retreat.
They decided to retreat lest they would be between two fires.
After several reverses the enemy was forced to retreat.
The cat beat a hasty retreat when he saw the dog coming.