Pronunciation: (rē-trēt'), [key]
v.t., v.i.
to treat again.


Pronunciation: (ri-trēt'), [key]
1. the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.
2. the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.
3. a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy: The library was his retreat.
4. an asylum, as for the insane.
5. a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.
6. Mil.
a. a flag-lowering ceremony held at sunset on a military post.
b. the bugle call or drumbeat played at this ceremony.
7. the recession of a surface, as a wall or panel, from another surface beside it.
8. beat a retreat, to withdraw or retreat, esp. hurriedly or in disgrace.

1. to withdraw, retire, or draw back, esp. for shelter or seclusion.
2. to make a retreat: The army retreated.
3. to slope backward; recede: a retreating chin.
4. to draw or lead back.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.


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