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noun retreat pronunciation in American English /rɪˈtrit/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an attempt to avoid a dangerous, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation, especially by moving away from it

    the Prince's temporary retreat from the public gaze

    beat a (hasty) retreat (=leave very quickly):

    At the end of the dance Maggie thanked him and beat a hasty retreat back to her friends.

    1. a.
      an army's movement away from a position because of danger or defeat

      Napoleon's retreat from Moscow in 1813

      sound the retreat (=give an official signal to an army to move away):

      General Hawkes sounded the retreat.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a change in a person's or organization's ideas, opinion, or decision after they have been criticized or opposed
    retreat from:

    This represents a retreat from the Chancellor's usual policies.

  3. 3
    [countable] a peaceful and private place where you can go in order to rest

    Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it is an ideal rural retreat.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the period of time that you spend resting in a peaceful and private place

      Built into her schedule will be weekend retreats.

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