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verb [intransitive] retreat pronunciation in British English /rɪˈtriːt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleretreating
past tenseretreated
past participleretreated
  1. 1
    to avoid a dangerous, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation, especially by moving away from it
    The elephants retreated to the safety of the forest.
    into: Clara, embarrassed, retreated into silence.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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