retreat

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1. withdraw or back away from something

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retreat from a position/battlefield

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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.

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  1. The politician was forced to retreat from his original position on the policy due to a wave of public criticism. He has since stated his willingness to keep an open mind.
  2. After their defeat, the army retreated from the battlefield.
  3. When the rain came, the children who were playing outside began retreating indoors to take shelter.

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  1. We should retreat from this agreement, it's going to cost us too much in the long run.
  2. Authorities are holding out in the hope the protesters will retreat before they have to take action.

2. a place to withdraw from routine or everyday life

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a retreat centre/vacation

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 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. 

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  1. As a reward for achieving all our Sales targets, the company arranged for us to go to a retreat centre up in the mountains. It was great to get away from it all!
  2. I highly recommend this team-building retreat. It has improved communication in our company immensely.

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  1. The monks in the 1500s built the stone cells which formed part of a monastic retreat.
  2. I spent some time on a wellness retreat over the summer. I learned a lot about myself.
  3. I think many of these spiritual retreats are nothing but a way of exploiting vulnerable people and taking their money.

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