Evade vs Retreat - What's the difference?

evade | retreat |

As verbs the difference between evade and retreat

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

As a noun retreat is

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




  • To get away from by artifice; to avoid by dexterity, subterfuge, address, or ingenuity; to elude; to escape from cleverly; as, to evade a blow, a pursuer, a punishment; to evade the force of an argument.
  • The heathen had a method, more truly their own, of evading the Christian miracles. — .
  • To escape; to slip away; — sometimes with from.
  • Evading from perils. — .
    Unarmed they might / Have easily, as spirits evaded swift / By quick contraction or remove. — .
  • To attempt to escape; to practice artifice or sophistry, for the purpose of eluding.
  • ''The ministers of God are not to evade and take refuge any of these ... ways. — .


    * equivocate * shuffle * dodge

    Derived terms

    * evadible * evasible * evasion * evasive

    See also

    * prevaricate ----




    (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

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