Definition of ret in English:


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transitive verbtransitive verb rets, transitive verb retting, transitive verb retted

(also British rate)
[with object]
  • Soak (flax or hemp) in water to soften it and separate the fibers.

    ‘the flax has been retted and used as linen to produce the fabric’
    • ‘Under old methods, hemp was cut and allowed to lie in the fields for weeks until it retted enough so the fiber could be pulled off by hand.’
    • ‘Flax was grown in the country districts, ‘retted’ and ‘heckled’ in small ponds and mills, spun and woven in the single-storey ‘improved’ cottages of the villages.’
    dampen, damp, moisten, humidify



/ret/ /rɛt/


Late Middle English related to Dutch reten, also to rot.