NOTE: can be physical or abstract receding
The air power finally forced the invading army into retreat.
He beat a hasty retreat to the door.
Scientists are tracking the retreat of several large glaciers in the Arctic.
The unions have made a surprising retreat from their previous position on wages.
Stocks across the Big Board have been in retreat for the past two weeks.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
NOTE: refers to a physical place or building
We all enjoyed Sally's mountain retreat in New Hampshire.
He lived his final years in a quiet retreat by the lake.
Make your own backyard a summer retreat away from the cares of the world.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 5
NOTE: refers to the means of communicating that a retreat should happen.
The bugle sounded a retreat.
The lieutenant announced the retreat to the village behind them.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 4
NOTE: refers to an event, or period of time in seclusion, -not- the place (see Sense 2)
Bob and Mary went on a corporate retreat somewhere near Santa Fe.
The author is away on his annual retreat to nurture his literary inspirations.
The students go on a church retreat every summer for two weeks in the Appalachians.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6