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verb [intransitive] British English pronunciation: retreat /rɪˈtriːt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyretreat
he/she/itretreats
present participleretreating
past tenseretreated
past participleretreated

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  1. 2
    to change your ideas, opinion, or decision because of criticism or opposition from other people

    The Secretary appeared to retreat from his position when challenged by the press.

  2. 3
    to move back and cover less of a place

    Wading birds collect small molluscs from the mud flats when the tide retreats.

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