re-treat: Meaning and Definition of


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


Pronunciation: (ri-trēt'), [key]
— n.
  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.
    1. a flag-lowering ceremony held at sunset on a military post.
    2. the bugle call or drumbeat played at this ceremony.
  6. the recession of a surface, as a wall or panel, from another surface beside it.
  7. 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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