see retreat, v.
- Finish; terminus; coda; gradual withdrawal; [fig.] finale; closing curtain; concluding act; departure from a stage; [metaphor] sunset.
- Return; turning around; going back to a former location.
retreat [-ing] v
OFr retrairer, to withdraw.
- Recede; draw back; pull away; avoid danger; withdraw from a place; leave from a location; move to a safer position.