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Synonyms of retreat in English:


  • 1 the army retreated
    withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back/out, fall back, give way, give ground, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat
    [Antonyms] advance
  • 2 the tide was retreating
    go out, ebb, recede, fall, go down, wane
  • 3 the government had to retreat
    change one's mind, change one's plans;
    back down, climb down, do a U-turn, backtrack, backpedal, give in, concede defeat
    informal pull a U-ey, do a one-eighty
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  • 1 the retreat of the army
    withdrawal, pulling back
  • 2 the president's retreat
    about-face, U-turn
    informal one-eighty
  • 3 her rural retreat
  • 4 a period of retreat from the world
    seclusion, withdrawal, retirement, solitude, isolation, sanctuary
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