They had no alternative but to retreat.
He decided neither to advance nor to retreat.
The army had to retreat.
Jackson was not planning to retreat.
to be in retreat
Napoleon's retreat from Moscow
After the funeral he retreated to Scotland.
The trumpets sounded the retreat.
The US Geological Survey has warned that two-thirds of the world's polar bear populations could be lost by the mid-century as sea ice continues to retreat.
When he's done something wrong, he retreats to his bedroom.
The army retreated from the foreign lands.
European Council adopted something of a retreat from this for the first time in March.
When she came towards me shouting, I retreated / When he's done something wrong, he retreats to his bedroom
to retreat into a fantasy world
The enemy behind us presently exists solely to cut off our retreat.