As verbs the difference between recant and retreat
is that recant
is (ambitransitive) to withdraw or repudiate a statement or opinion formerly expressed, especially formally and publicly 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.
(ambitransitive) To withdraw or repudiate a statement or opinion formerly expressed, especially formally and publicly.
- Convince me that I am wrong, and I will recant .
- How soon ease would recant / Vows made in pain, as violent and void!
* take back
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.