What does the word retreat mean?

Usage examples for retreat

  1. The three girls were not seriously frightened; indeed, they were less so than at the time of the French retreat. – The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army by Margaret Vandercook
  2. Up from the big Mission at Mhonda, the mounted troops swept out to cut off the German retreat. – Sketches of the East Africa Campaign by Robert Valentine Dolbey
  3. I wish you a happy retreat. – Dawn of All by Robert Hugh Benson