retreat-v; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: Pull or move away or backward purposefully.

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] RETREAT (PP[directional])
NOTE: May include a location retreated to. Includes metaphorical examples.

The enemy retreated.
The press retreated from such zeal.
During the battle, Liu Bei suddenly burned his camp and retreated to
the south.
Congress quietly retreated to the same silk-gloved handling of the
CIA and FBI in the name of national security.

VerbNet: escape-51.1,withdraw-82-3
FrameNet: Departing,Quitting_a_place
PropBank: retreat.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: Move away, as for privacy

Commentary: INCLUDES: RETREAT TO Syntax Is: NP1[agent[human]] RETREAT PP[locative]
NOTE: MUST specify the location retreated to. Compare to sense 1: this sense implies that NP1 is leaving people behind.

The Pope retreates to Castelgondolfo every summer.
Gilbert Melendez retreated to his cell, speaking to no one.
I skipped breakfast the next day and retreated to the garden with
them in hand as soon as I'd dressed.

VerbNet: escape-51.1
FrameNet: Departing
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: Move back (without purpose), as from a natural process.

The glacier retreats a little each year.
The forenoon tide had just retreated to the sea.
After a three-hour intermezzo the cloud retreated.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Departing
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or act.

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] RETREAT PP {from NP2[theme[abstract]]}
NOTE: Compare to sense 1: Retreat is from an agent-initiated promise or comment and must be stated in the sentence (usually with 'from').

Conservatives have modified or retreated from their former
statements of support.
McCain retreated only slightly from the enthusiasm he voiced last week.

VerbNet: withdraw-82-3
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: FINANCIAL: Exhibit a quantifiable downward movement.

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[topic] RETREAT PP[directional] NP1[topic] RETREAT PP[locative]

Company stock retreated a half point to 57 1/2 by closing yesterday.
Stocks continue to retreat from session highs.
In late afternoon trading, the euro had retreated to $1.4838.

VerbNet: calibratable_cos-45.6-1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: retreat.02