Synonyms of retreat in English:

retreat


See definition of retreat

verb

1‘the army retreated’

SYNONYMS
withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, clear out, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
informal beat it, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram, hook it, fly the coop, skip off, do a fade
British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
Australian informal go through, shoot through
archaic fly, levant
ANTONYMS

advance, dig in

2‘the tide was retreating’

SYNONYMS
go out, ebb, recede, flow out, fall, go down
ANTONYMS

come in

3‘the government had to retreat over the plan’

SYNONYMS
change one's decision, change one's mind, change one's attitude, change one's plans
back down, climb down, do a U-turn, backtrack, back-pedal, row back, retract, reconsider, eat one's words, eat humble pie, give in, concede defeat, shift one's ground
British do an about-turn

noun

1‘a counteroffensive caused the retreat of the imperial army’

SYNONYMS
withdrawal, pulling back, flight
rare katabasis
ANTONYMS

advance

2‘Democrats welcomed the President's retreat on the tax issue’

SYNONYMS
climbdown, backdown, retraction, concession, about-face, U-turn, rowback
British about-turn

3‘she invited us to her retreat in rural Sweden’

SYNONYMS
refuge, haven, resort, asylum, sanctuary, sanctum sanctorum
hideaway, hideout, hiding place
cottage, dacha, shelter, cabin, den, lair, nest
informal hidey-hole

4‘a period of retreat from the world for spiritual regeneration’

SYNONYMS
seclusion, withdrawal, retirement, solitude, isolation, hiding, privacy, sanctuary
rare sequestration, reclusion