What's the difference between "retrieve" and "retreat"?

They sound similar and many students think their usage is identical.

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    Please show what the dictionary research told you, and why you need more explanation. – Weather Vane Mar 7 at 21:04
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    These two words are completely unrelated, to a degree that “what’s the difference” makes no sense. What’s the difference between a tea pot and a maths exam? Doesn’t make sense. – gnasher729 Mar 7 at 21:35

They aren't related words. 'Retrieve' is transitive, and requires a direct object. 'Retreat' is not transitive and can't have a direct object. I retrieve my lost pencil. I retreat when the attack turns hopeless.

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