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Meaning of RETRACT

Pronunciation:  ri'trakt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"
  2. [v]  pull inward or towards a center; "The pilot drew in the landing gear"; "The cat retracted his claws"
  3. [v]  use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
  4. [v]  shrink back, as in fear

RETRACT is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: abjure, draw back, draw in, forswear, pull back, recant, resile, shrink back
 See Also: attract, cringe, draw, flinch, funk, introvert, invaginate, pull, pull in, quail, recoil, renounce, repudiate, shrink, squinch, wince



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*tract"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retracted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Retracting}.] [F. r['e]tracter, L. retractare,
    retractatum, to handle again, reconsider, retract, fr.
    retrahere, retractum, to draw back. See {Retreat}.]
    1. To draw back; to draw up or shorten; as, the cat can
       retract its claws; to retract a muscle.
    2. Ti withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take
       back; as, to retract an accusation or an assertion.
             I would as freely have retracted this charge of
             idolatry as I ever made it.           --Bp.
    3. To take back,, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to
       revoke. [Obs.] --Woodward.
    Syn: To recal; withdraw; rescind; revoke; unsay; disavow;
         recant; abjure; disown.
  2. \Re*tract"\, v. i.
    1. To draw back; to draw up; as, muscles retract after
    2. To take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession
       or a declaration.
             She will, and she will not; she grants, denies,
             Consents, retracts, advances, and then files.
  3. \Re*tract"\, n. (Far.)
    The pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe.
  4. \Re*tract"\, n.
    Retreat. [Obs.] --Bacon.