Retreat vs Quit - What's the difference?

retreat | quit |

As verbs the difference between retreat and quit

is that retreat is to withdraw military forces while quit is .

As a noun retreat

is the act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.




(en noun)
  • The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In a retreat he outruns any lackey.
  • The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.
  • A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy or security.
  • * L'Estrange
  • He built his son a house of pleasure, and spared no cost to make a delicious retreat .
  • * Dryden
  • That pleasing shade they sought, a soft retreat / From sudden April showers, a shelter from the heat.
  • 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.
  • See also

    * religious retreat


    (en verb)
  • To withdraw military forces.
  • Anagrams

    * *



    Etymology 1

    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).
  • (quit)
  • Derived terms
    * quitter
    Usage notes
    * 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.

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • Any of numerous species of small passerine birds native to tropical America.
  • Derived terms
    * bananaquit