Synonyms of retreat in English:

retreat

verb

  • 1 the army retreated
    withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, clear out, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
    informal beat it, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram, hook it, fly the coop, skip off, do a fade
    British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
    North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
    Australian informal go through, shoot through
    archaic fly, levant
    [Antonyms] advance, dig in
  • 2 the tide was retreating
    go out, ebb, recede, flow out, fall, go down
    [Antonyms] come in
  • 3 the government had to retreat over the plan
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  • 1 a counteroffensive caused the retreat of the imperial army
    withdrawal, pulling back, flight
    rare katabasis
    [Antonyms] advance
  • 2 Democrats welcomed the President's retreat on the tax issue
    climbdown, backdown, retraction, concession, about-face, U-turn, rowback; Britishabout-turn
  • 3 she invited us to her retreat in rural Sweden
  • 4 a period of retreat from the world for spiritual regeneration
    seclusion, withdrawal, retirement, solitude, isolation, hiding, privacy, sanctuary
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