retreat

retreat
1 verb (I)
1 MOVE BACK
a) to walk back and away from someone or something because you are afraid or embarrassed: He saw her and retreated, too shy to speak to her.
(+ to/from etc): Perry lit the fuse and retreated to a safe distance.
b) if an area of water, snow or land retreats, it gradually gets smaller: The flood waters are slowly retreating.
2 OF AN ARMY to move away from the enemy after being defeated in battle: The rebels retreated, pursued by government troops.
3 CHANGE YOUR MIND to change your mind about a promise you have publicly made or about a principle you have stated, because the situation has become too difficult
(+ from): Current economic problems have forced the government to retreat from its pledge to cut taxes.
4 TO A QUIET PLACE to go away to a place that is quiet or safe
(+ from/into/to): After the noise of the city he was glad to retreat to his hotel room.
5 retreat into yourself/your thoughts etc to ignore what is happening around you and give all your attention to your private thoughts
2 noun
1 MOVEMENT BACK (singular, uncountable) a movement back and away from someone or something, because you are afraid, embarrassed etc: beat a retreat (=walk away quickly): Jim beat a hasty retreat when he saw his wife's mother at the door.
2 CHANGE OF INTENTION (singular, uncountable) an act of changing your mind about a promise you publicly made or a principle you stated, because the situation has become too difficult: a retreat from hard-line policies
3 OF AN ARMY (C, U) a movement away from the enemy after a defeat in battle: Napoleon's retreat from Moscow.
—opposite advance 1 (3) | be in full retreat (=be retreating fast and continuously) | sound the retreat (=give a loud signal for retreat)
4 PLACE (C) a place you can go to that is quiet or safe: von Mulne's retreat in the mountains
5 THOUGHT AND PRAYER (C, U) a period of time that you spend praying or studying religion in a quiet place: They go on retreat twice a year.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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