|1.||[ verb ] pull back or move away or backward|
|Synonyms:||withdraw draw_back move_back recede retire pull_back pull_away|
"The enemy withdrew" "The limo pulled away from the curb"
|Related terms:||travel back_up recede withdrawal|
|2.||[ noun ] (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"
|Related terms:||withdrawal disengagement military|
|3.||[ verb ] move back|
"The glacier retrogrades"
|4.||[ noun ] (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position|
|Related terms:||signal military|
|5.||[ noun ] (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset|
|Related terms:||bugle_call military|
|6.||[ noun ] a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet|
|Related terms:||area pleasance nest sanctum camp_david nook|
|7.||[ verb ] make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity|
|Synonyms:||back_away crawfish_out crawfish withdraw pull_back pull_in_one's_horns back_out|
"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"
|Related terms:||withdraw withdrawer withdrawer|
|8.||[ noun ] a area where you can be alone|
|9.||[ verb ] move away, as for privacy|
"The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"
|Related terms:||travel high-tail cocoon hideaway|
|10.||[ noun ] withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation|
"a religious retreat"