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 for retreat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Retreat \Re*treat"\, n. [F. retraite, fr. retraire to withdraw,
     L. retrahere; pref. re- re- + trahere to draw. See Trace,
     and cf. Retract, Retrace.]
     1. The act of retiring or withdrawing one's self, especially
        from what is dangerous or disagreeable.
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              In a retreat he o?truns any lackey.   --Shak.
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     2. The place to which anyone retires; a place or privacy or
        safety; a refuge; an asylum.
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              He built his son a house of pleasure, and spared no
              cost to make a delicious retreat.     --L'Estrange.
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              That pleasing shade they sought, a soft retreat
              From sudden April showers, a shelter from the heat.
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     3. (Mil. & Naval.)
        (a) The retiring of an army or body of men from the face
            of an enemy, or from any ground occupied to a greater
            distance from the enemy, or from an advanced position.
        (b) The withdrawing of a ship or fleet from an enemy for
            the purpose of avoiding an engagement or escaping
            after defeat.
        (c) A signal given in the army or navy, by the beat of a
            drum or the sounding of trumpet or bugle, at sunset
            (when the roll is called), or for retiring from
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     Note: A retreat is properly an orderly march, in which
           circumstance it differs from a flight.
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     4. (Eccl.)
        (a) A special season of solitude and silence to engage in
            religious exercises.
        (b) A period of several days of withdrawal from society to
            a religious house for exclusive occupation in the
            duties of devotion; as, to appoint or observe a
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     Syn: Retirement; departure; withdrawment; seclusion;
          solitude; privacy; asylum; shelter; refuge.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Retreat \Re*treat"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Retreated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Retreating.]
     To make a retreat; to retire from any position or place; to
     withdraw; as, the defeated army retreated from the field.
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           The rapid currents drive
           Towards the retreating sea their furious tide.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable
           position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a
           defeat; "the disorderly retreat of French troops"
      2: a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
      3: (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous
      4: (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at
      5: an area where you can be alone [syn: hideaway, retreat]
      6: withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation; "the
         religious retreat is a form of vacation activity" [syn:
         retirement, retreat]
      7: the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to
         escape something hazardous or unpleasant) [ant: advance,
         advancement, forward motion, onward motion,
         procession, progress, progression]
      v 1: pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew";
           "The limo pulled away from the curb" [syn: withdraw,
           retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back,
           retire, move back] [ant: advance, go on, march
           on, move on, pass on, progress]
      2: move away, as for privacy; "The Pope retreats to
         Castelgondolfo every summer"
      3: move back; "The glacier retrogrades" [syn: retrograde,
      4: make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity; "We'll
         have to crawfish out from meeting with him"; "He backed out
         of his earlier promise"; "The aggressive investment company
         pulled in its horns" [syn: retreat, pull back, back
         out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's
         horns, withdraw]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  293 Moby Thesaurus words for "retreat":
     Jim Crow, abandon, abandonment, abscond, adytum, alcove, almshouse,
     apartheid, apartness, arbor, ascend, ashram, asylum, avoid,
     avoidance, back, back down, back out, balance, bank,
     beat a retreat, blench, blink, bolt-hole, bow out, bower, bowl,
     cabinet, cache, cant, capitulation, careen, catabasis, cell,
     cession, climb, climb down, cloister, closet, collapse,
     concealment, conservatory, corner, cover, covert, coverture,
     cranny, crash, cringe, cubby, cubbyhole, cup, dark corner, debate,
     decamp, decampment, deceleration, declension, decline,
     decline and fall, decrescendo, deliberate, demur, den, depart,
     departure, descend, detachment, die away, diminish, diminuendo,
     dip, disappear, disengage, disengagement, dish, dive, dodge,
     downtrend, downturn, draw back, draw off, drift away, drop, duck,
     dugout, dwindle, dwindling, ebb, egress, escape, evacuate,
     evacuation, evade, evasion, exit, exodus, fade, fade away, fall,
     fall away, fall back, fall off, fallback, falter, fear, flee,
     flight, flinch, fly, foster home, foxhole, funk hole, gazebo,
     getaway, give, give back, give ground, give place, giving in,
     giving over, giving up, glasshouse, go, go away, go back,
     go downhill, go uphill, going, grade, greenhouse, halfway house,
     hang back, harbor, harborage, haven, hegira, hem and haw,
     hermitage, hesitate, hideaway, hideout, hidey hole, hiding,
     hiding place, hole, hollow, holy of holies, home, hospice,
     hospitium, hover, hum and haw, incline, incurve, isolation,
     isolationism, ivory tower, jib, keel, kiosk, lair, lapse,
     lathhouse, lean, leave, leaving, list, lose ground, mew, move away,
     move back, move off, niche, nook, nursing home, orphanage, parting,
     passing, pause, pergola, pitch, plunge, ponder, poor farm,
     poorhouse, port, privacy, privatism, privatization, pull away,
     pull back, pull out, pullback, pullout, quail, quarantine, quit,
     rake, recede, recedence, receding, recess, recession, reclusion,
     recoil, reculade, reel back, refuge, relinquishment, remission,
     removal, remove, renunciation, resort, rest home, retire,
     retirement, retract, retractation, retractility, retraction,
     retrocede, retrocedence, retrograde, rise, run away, run back,
     rustication, sanctuary, sanctum, sanctum sanctorum, scruple,
     seclusion, secrecy, secret place, segregation, separation,
     sequestration, sheer off, shelter, shelve, shilly-shally, shrink,
     shrink back, shy, sidestep, sidestepping, sidle, sink, slant,
     slope, slowdown, slump, solitude, splendid isolation, stand back,
     stand off, start aside, start back, stash, stick at, stickle,
     stop to consider, straddle the fence, strain at, subsidence,
     summerhouse, surrender, swag, sway, swerve, take flight,
     think twice about, tilt, tip, turn aside, turn tail, undercovert,
     uprise, vacate, vanish, walkout, wane, weasel, weasel out,
     widen the distance, wince, withdraw, withdrawal, withdrawment,
     workhouse, yield

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Retreat, TX -- U.S. town in Texas
     Population (2000):    339
     Housing Units (2000): 127
     Land area (2000):     4.962652 sq. miles (12.853209 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.018891 sq. miles (0.048928 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    4.981543 sq. miles (12.902137 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            61616
     Located within:       Texas (TX), FIPS 48
     Location:             32.051204 N, 96.474394 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Retreat, TX

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