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Godan verb with 'ku' ending
to take a step backward, to retreat a step

ON: イチ, イツKUN: ひと-, ひと.つ
one, one radical (no.1)

ON: ホ, ブ, フKUN: ある.く, あゆ.む
walk, counter for steps

退ON: タイKUN: しりぞ.く, しりぞ.ける, ひ.く, の.く, の.ける, ど.く
retreat, withdraw, retire, resign, repel, expel, reject

Conjugated forms
Example sentences
われわれはときどき一歩退いて考えなければならない。Parts: 我々 (われわれ), 時々 (ときどき), 一歩退く (いっぽひく), 考える (かんがえる), ねばならない (ねばなりません)We should sometimes pause to think.
Manchmal müssen wir einen Schritt zurücktreten und nachdenken.

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