retreat n

see retreat, v.

  1. Finish; terminus; coda; gradual withdrawal; [fig.] finale; closing curtain; concluding act; departure from a stage; [metaphor] sunset.
  2. Return; turning around; going back to a former location.

retreat [-ing] v

OFr retrairer, to withdraw.

  1. Recede; draw back; pull away; avoid danger; withdraw from a place; leave from a location; move to a safer position.