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retreat

re·treat

retreat

 
 
pronunciation:
rih trit
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of moving back or away from a place or situation.
We made a careful retreat from the edge of the cliff.
antonyms:
advancement, invasion
definition 2: a quiet place for resting, thinking, or being alone.
The pond in the middle of the woods is my favorite retreat.
definition 3: the act of pulling back from battle.
The captain ordered a retreat from the attacking army.
antonyms:
invasion
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: retreated, retreating, retreats
definition 1: to move back or away from danger or a challenge.
When I vacuum, the cat retreats to the closet.
similar words:
bolt, run, shy, withdraw
definition 2: to move backwards.
We watched the waves come toward us and then retreat.
synonyms:
recede
antonyms:
advance
similar words:
reverse, withdraw
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