Translation of retreat in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /rɪˈtriːt/

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [forces/army] batirse en retirada, retirarse, replegarse* management retreated from their position la dirección dio marcha atrás en cuanto a su postura the waters are retreating las aguas están bajando winter is retreating before the warmth of spring el invierno está cediendo paso a la primavera
    More example sentences
    • I just received word that the enemy forces are retreating.
    • The First Shock Army was retreating along a narrow corridor between two series of hills.
    • When daylight arrived, scouting parties would work their way up over the hill in order to determine exactly how far the Army had retreated.


  • 1 [Military/Militar] retirada (feminine), repliegue (masculine) they were ambushed on the retreat les tendieron una emboscada cuando se batían en retirada such attitudes are now on the retreat tales actitudes están desapareciendo our forces are in retreat nuestras tropas se están batiendo en retirada morality is in retreat vivimos un período de decadencia moral to beat a retreat batirse en retirada, retirarse when I saw him, I beat a hasty retreat en cuanto lo ví, puse pies en polvorosa [colloquial/familiar]

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