Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) withdraw or back away from something
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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.
Social Examples (Basic)
The politician wasforced 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.
After their defeat,the army retreated from the battlefield.
When the rain came, the children who were playing outsidebegan retreatingindoors to take shelter.
Professional Examples (Basic)
We should retreatfrom this agreement, it's going to cost us too much in the long run.
Authorities are holding out in the hope the protesters willretreat before they have to take action.
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