retreating

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

retreating

  1. Present participle of retreat.

Noun[edit]

retreating (plural retreatings)

  1. The act of moving back from something; a retreat.
    • 1837, Thomas Carlyle, ‎Henry Duff Traill, The French Revolution: A History (volume 3, page 229)
      But of the marchings and retreatings of these Six-thousand no Xenophon exists. Nothing, but an inarticulate hum, of cursing and sooty frenzy, surviving dubious in the memory of ages!