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Definition of retreat:

  1. A period of several days of withdrawal from society to a religious house for exclusive occupation in the duties of devotion; as, to appoint or observe a retreat.
  2. A signal given in the army or navy, by the beat of a drum or the sounding of trumpet or bugle, at sunset ( when the roll is called), or for retiring from action.
  3. A special season of solitude and silence to engage in religious exercises.
  4. The act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially from what is dangerous or disagreeable.
  5. The place to which anyone retires; a place or privacy or safety; a refuge; an asylum.
  6. 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.
  7. The withdrawing of a ship or fleet from an enemy for the purpose of avoiding an engagement or escaping after defeat.
  8. To make a retreat; to retire from any position or place; to withdraw; as, the defeated army retreated from the field.


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