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American English: /rəˈtrit/
British English: /rɪˈtriːt/

Translation of retreat in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • (forces/army)
    batirse en retirada
    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
    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) 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 when I saw him, I beat a hasty retreat
    en cuanto lo ví, puse pies en polvorosa [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • They seemed to have made a cowardly retreat and were most likely shivering in fear from the sound of her giant robot's earth-shaking footsteps.
    • Barely seconds into the conflict, and already the defenders are in retreat.
    • These can weaken the enemy, forestall his attack, and potentially force his retreat.
    Example sentences
    • Sounding the retreat in late September 1903, Harrison signaled the surrender of the professional politicians.
    • And soon the birds were flying everywhere signaling the retreat.
    • Even now, as she rested and waited for the signal to begin the retreat, the color on Guo's mantle did not even fade slightly.
  • 2 2.1 (place) their country retreat
    su refugio en el campo
    Example sentences
    • The elegant Mahogany Room piano bar offers a quiet retreat overlooking the adjacent brick courtyard.
    • He wanted a quiet retreat to build his house upon and concentrate on his work.
    • The central court is conceived as the largest room in the house, providing a common area and a sheltered retreat in summer.
    2.2 (Religion)
    retiro (masculine) espiritual
    ejercicios (masculine plural) espirituales
    to go on a retreat
    hacer un retiro espiritual
    Example sentences
    • One can thus expand the definition of ‘adventure’ to include Zen meditation retreats, cello lessons, or medical school.
    • During this time he also made pilgrimages to Sri Lanka, India, China, and Nepal to visit Buddhist sites and for meditation retreats.
    • Bishop Robinson will be in Ireland in October to address the annual retreat of the diocese of Limerick and Killaloe in the Dingle Skelligs hotel.
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