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retreat (n.)

c. 1300, retrete, "a step backward;" late 14c., "act of retiring or withdrawing; military signal for retiring from action or exercise," from Old French retret, retrait, noun use of past participle of retrere "draw back," from Latin retrahere "draw back, withdraw, call back," from re- "back" (see re-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).

Meaning "place of seclusion" is from early 15c.; sense of "establishment for mentally ill persons" is from 1797. Meaning "period of retirement for religious self-examination" is from 1756.

retreat (v.)

early 15c., retreten, "to draw in, draw back, leave the extremities," also "to fall back from battle;" from retreat (n.) and in part from Old French retret, retrait, past participle of retrere "to draw back." Related: Retreated; retreating.

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Definitions of retreat from WordNet
1
retreat (n.)
(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
retreat (n.)
a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet;
retreat (n.)
(military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position;
retreat (n.)
(military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset;
retreat (n.)
an area where you can be alone;
Synonyms: hideaway
retreat (n.)
withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation;
the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity
Synonyms: retirement
retreat (n.)
the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant);
2
retreat (v.)
pull back or move away or backward;
Synonyms: withdraw / pull away / draw back / recede / pull back / retire / move back
retreat (v.)
move away, as for privacy;
The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer
retreat (v.)
move back;
Synonyms: retrograde
retreat (v.)
make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity;
Synonyms: pull back / back out / back away / crawfish / crawfish out / pull in one's horns / withdraw
From wordnet.princeton.edu