the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
move away, as for privacy; "The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"
withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; "the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity"
(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"
an area where you can be alone
(military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
(military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
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"