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Meaning of retreat

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      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
      4: (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at
      5: an area where you can be alone [syn: {hideaway}, {retreat}]
      6: withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; "the
         religious retreat is a form of vacation activity" [syn:
         {retirement}, {retreat}]
      7: the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to
         escape something hazardous or unpleasant) [ant: {advance},
         {advancement}, {forward motion}, {onward motion},
         {procession}, {progress}, {progression}]
      v 1: pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew";
           "The limo pulled away from the curb" [syn: {withdraw},
           {retreat}, {pull away}, {draw back}, {recede}, {pull back},
           {retire}, {move back}] [ant: {advance}, {go on}, {march
           on}, {move on}, {pass on}, {progress}]
      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: {retreat}, {pull back}, {back
         out}, {back away}, {crawfish}, {crawfish out}, {pull in one's
         horns}, {withdraw}]

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