1. withdraw or back away from something
retreat from a position/battlefield
The verb to 'retreat' means to withdraw or move back from somewhere, particularly in combat or to move to a safer place. 'To retreat' can also mean to withdraw socially to go to a quiet place. 'Retreat' can also mean to change your mind especially due to criticism or difficulty. Shares can 'retreat', meaning to decline in value. As a noun, 'a retreat' refers to the act of moving back or withdrawing the act of changing your mind or plans due to criticism. A 'retreat' can also be a signal to a military Force meaning 'to withdraw'. A 'retreat' might also be a quiet or secluded place where someone goes in order to rest relax, work on a creative project or their personal or spiritual growth. A 'retreat' is also a decline in the value of shares. 'Retreat' can be used in social and professional contexts.
2. a place to withdraw from routine or everyday life
a retreat centre/vacation
A 'retreat' (noun) is a quiet or secluded place where someone goes in order to rest relax, work on a creative project or their personal or spiritual growth.