Synonyms of retreat


1. retreat, withdrawal

usage: (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat; "the disorderly retreat of French troops"

2. retreat, area, country

usage: a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet

3. retreat, signal, signaling, sign

usage: (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position

4. retreat, bugle call

usage: (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset

5. hideaway, retreat, area

usage: an area where you can be alone

6. retirement, retreat, withdrawal

usage: withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; "the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity"

7. retreat, withdrawal

usage: the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)


1. withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"

2. retreat, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: move away, as for privacy; "The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"

3. retrograde, retreat, withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back

usage: move back; "The glacier retrogrades"

4. retreat, pull back, back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, withdraw

usage: make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity; "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"; "He backed out of his earlier promise"; "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"

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Definition and meaning of retreat (Dictionary)