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retreat (>Vietnamese)

n

1: (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"

2: a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet

3: (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position

4: (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset

5: an area where you can be alone [syn: hideaway]

6: withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; "a religious retreat" [syn: retirement]

v

1: pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb" [syn: withdraw, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back]

2: move away, as for privacy; "The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"

3: move back; "The glacier retrogrades" [syn: retrograde]

4: make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity; "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" [syn: pull back, back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, withdraw]

Adjacent words: retranslate | retransmit | retransmitted | retransmitted | retransmitting | retransmitting | retread | retreat | retreatant | retreated | retreating | retrench | retrenchment | retrial | retribution | retributive

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