English dictionary



Hint: Wildcards can be used multiple times in a query.

English noun: retreat

1. retreat (act) (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat


SamplesThe disorderly retreat of French troops.


Broader (hypernym)withdrawal


Narrower (hyponym)disengagement, fallback, pullout


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. retreat (location) a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet


Broader (hypernym)area, country


Narrower (hyponym)ashram, ashram, nest, nook, pleasance, sanctum, sanctum sanctorum


Instance hyponymCamp David

3. retreat (communication) (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position


Broader (hypernym)sign, signal, signaling


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

4. retreat (communication) (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset


Broader (hypernym)bugle call


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

5. retreat (artifact) an area where you can be alone


Synonymshideaway


Broader (hypernym)area

6. retreat (act) withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation


SamplesThe religious retreat is a form of vacation activity.


Synonymsretirement


Broader (hypernym)withdrawal

7. retreat (act) the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)


Broader (hypernym)withdrawal


Antonymsforward motion, onward motion, advancement, progress, procession, progression, advance


English verb: retreat

1. retreat (motion) pull back or move away or backward


SamplesThe enemy withdrew.
The limo pulled away from the curb.


Synonymsdraw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, withdraw


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)back down, back off, back up, fall back, retreat, retrograde


Verb groupback away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw


Antonymsadvance, march on, move on, progress, go on, pass on

2. retreat (motion) move away, as for privacy


SamplesThe Pope retreats to Castelgondolfo every summer.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)cocoon

3. retreat (motion) move back


SamplesThe glacier retrogrades.


Synonymsretrograde


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw

4. retreat (communication) make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity


SamplesWe'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him.
He backed out of his earlier promise.
The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns.


Synonymsback away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, withdraw


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Verb groupdraw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw









Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2017 onlineordbog.dk