The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.
A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy or security.
- In a retreat he outruns any lackey.
- He built his son a house of pleasure, and spared no cost to make a delicious retreat .
A period of retirement, seclusion, or solitude.
A period of meditation, prayer or study.
Withdrawal by military force from a dangerous position or from enemy attack.
A signal for a military withdrawal.
A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.
A military ceremony to lower the flag.
(chess) The move of a piece from a threatened position.
- That pleasing shade they sought, a soft retreat / From sudden April showers, a shelter from the heat.
* religious retreat
To withdraw military forces.
From (etyl) quiter, (etyl) quiter, from , ultimately from (etyl) quietus .
To pay (a debt, fine etc.).
*(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
*:Enkindle all the sparks of nature / To quit this horrid act.
*(Edward Fairfax) (c.1580-1635)
*:that judge that quits each soul his hire
To repay (someone) for (something).
*:I was but late att a Iustynge / and there I Iusted with a knyghte that is broder vnto kynge Pellam / and twyes smote I hym doune / & thenne he promysed to quyte me on my best frynde / and so he wounded my sone that can not be hole tyll I haue of that knyghtes blood
(obsolete) To repay, pay back (a good deed, injury etc.).
*1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.v:
*:Vnthankfull wretch (said he) is this the meed, / With which her soueraigne mercy thou doest quight ?
To conduct or acquit (oneself); to behave (in a specified way).
*:Be strong and quit' yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: ' quit yourselves like men, and fight.
*(John Milton) (1608-1674)
*:Samson hath quit himself like Samson.
To carry through; to go through to the end.
*(Samuel Daniel) (1562-1619)
*:Never worthy prince a day did quit / With greater hazard and with more renown.
(label) To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate.
*(William Wake) (1657-1737)
*:To quit you of this fear, you have already looked Death in the face; what have you found so terrible in it?
(label) To release from obligation, accusation, penalty, etc.; to absolve; to acquit.
*(John Milton) (1608-1674)
*:God will relent, and quit thee all his debt.
(label) To abandon, renounce (a thing).
(label) To leave (a place).
To resign from (a job, office, position, etc.).
To stop, give up (an activity) (usually + gerund or verbal noun).
To close (an application).
* The past tense of quit'' is now ''quit'' for most speakers and writers; dictionaries usually allow ''quitted'' as an alternative, but it is rare or nonexistent in North America and Australia, and outnumbered by ''quit'' by about 16 to 1 in the
British National Corpus. Quitted is more commonly used to mean "left". ''ie. She quitted her job.
Pam Peters, The Cambridge Guide to English Usage , Cambridge University Press, p. 453.
Any of numerous species of small passerine birds native to tropical America.