the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation
"the religious retreat is a form of vacation activity"
an area where you can be alone
(military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
(military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
a place of privacy
a place affording peace and quiet
(military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat
"the disorderly retreat of French troops"
make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
"We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"
"He backed out of his earlier promise"
"The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"
- pull back - back out - back away - crawfish out - pull in one's horns
"The glacier retrogrades"
move away, as for privacy
"The Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer"
pull back or move away or backward
"The enemy withdrew"
"The limo pulled away from the curb"
- pull away - draw back - pull back - move back