Haven vs Retreat - What's the difference?

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Haven is a synonym of retreat.


As nouns the difference between haven and retreat

is that haven is a harbour or anchorage protected from the sea while retreat is the act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.

As verbs the difference between haven and retreat

is that haven is to put into, or provide with a haven while retreat is to withdraw military forces.

haven

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A harbour or anchorage protected from the sea.
  • * Shakespeare
  • what shipping and what lading's in our haven
  • * Tennyson
  • their haven under the hill
  • (by extension) A place of safety; a refuge or sanctuary.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 21 , author=Helen Pidd , title=Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis , work=the Guardian citation , page= , passage=Since its conception, the European Union has been a haven for those seeking refuge from war, persecution and poverty in other parts of the world.}}

    Synonyms

    * refuge * sanctuary * zoar

    Derived terms

    * tax haven

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To put into, or provide with a haven.
  • Anagrams

    * ----

    retreat

    English

    Noun

    (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

    Verb

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

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