Retreat

Definition of Retreat

Re`treat´
n.1.The act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially from what is dangerous or disagreeable.
In a retreat he o truns any lackey.
- Shak.
2.The place to which anyone retires; a place or privacy or safety; a refuge; an asylum.
He built his son a house of pleasure, and spared no cost to make a delicious retreat.
- L'Estrange.
That pleasing shade they sought, a soft retreat
From sudden April showers, a shelter from the heat.
- Dryden.
3.(Mil. & Naval.) The retiring of an army or body of men from the face of an enemy, or from any ground occupied to a greater distance from the enemy, or from an advanced position.
4.(Eccl.) A special season of solitude and silence to engage in religious exercises.
v. i.1.To make a retreat; to retire from any position or place; to withdraw; as, the defeated army retreated from the field.
[imp. & p. p. Retreated; p. pr. & vb. n. Retreating.]

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