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
Synonyms: retrograde

"The glacier retrogrades"

Related terms: recede
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
Synonyms: hideaway
Related terms: area
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
Synonyms: retirement

"a religious retreat"

Related terms: withdrawal
Similar spelling:   retreated