Another word for retreat
The act of retreating
retirement, removal, evacuation, departure, escape, withdrawal, drawing back, reversal, retrogression, backing out, flight, recession, retraction, going, running away, eluding, evasion, avoidance, recoil.
A place to which one retreats
seclusion, solitude, privacy, shelter, refuge, asylum, safe place, defense, sanctuary, security, cover, ark, harbor, port, haven, place of concealment, hiding place, hideaway*, resort, haunt, habitat, hermitage, cell, convent, cloister; see also refuge 1.
Antonyms front*, exposed position, van. See syn. study at shelter.shelter.
recede, withdraw, draw back, retrograde, back out, retract, leave, go, depart, recoil, shrink, quail, run, reel, start back, pull back, reverse, seclude oneself, keep aloof, keep apart, hide, separate from, regress, resign, relinquish, lay down, hand over, sequester oneself, retrocede, backtrack, back off, back down, chicken out*.
In battle, to execute a forced retirement
evacuate, abandon, leave, withdraw, back out, vacate the position, retire, remove, pull out, march out, disengage, turn back, fall back, draw back, move back, give ground, move behind, beat a retreat, back down, escape, decamp, fly, run away, turn tail, be routed, give way, flee, flee in disorder, execute a strategic withdrawal, shorten one's lines, avoid, evade, elude.
Another word for retreatnoun
Something that physically protects, especially from danger:asylum, cover, covert, harbor, haven, protection, refuge, sanctuary, shelter. See attack, safety
The moving back of a military force in the face of enemy attack or after a defeat:fallback, pullback, pullout, retirement, withdrawal. See forward
To move back or away from a point, limit, or mark:ebb, recede, retract, retrocede, retrograde, retrogress. See approach
To move in a reverse direction:back, backpedal, backtrack, fall back, retrocede, retrograde, retrogress. Idiom: retrace one's steps. See forward
To abandon a former position or commitment:back down (or out), renege. (Slang) cop out, fink out. See resist
To move back in the face of enemy attack or after a defeat:draw back, fall back, pull back, pull out, retire, withdraw. Idioms: beat a retreat, give ground (or way). See forward