Definition of retract in English:

retract

Pronunciation /rəˈtrakt/ /rəˈtrækt/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Draw back.

    ‘she retracted her hand as if she'd been burnt’
    • ‘the tentacle retracted quickly’
    pull in, draw in, pull back, sheathe, put away
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    1. 1.1(of an animal) draw (a part of itself) back into its body.
      • ‘the cat retracted her claws’
      pull in, draw in, pull back, sheathe, put away
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  • 2Withdraw (a statement or accusation) as untrue or unjustified.

    • ‘he retracted his allegations’
    take back, withdraw, unsay, recant, disown, disavow, disclaim, abjure, repudiate, renounce, reverse, revoke, rescind, annul, cancel, go back on, backtrack on, do a U-turn on, row back on
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    1. 2.1Withdraw or go back on (an undertaking)
      • ‘the parish council was forced to retract a previous resolution’

Origin

Late Middle English from Latin retract- ‘drawn back’, from the verb retrahere (from re- ‘back’ + trahere ‘drag’); the senses ‘withdraw (a statement’) and ‘go back on’ via Old French from retractare ‘reconsider’ (based on trahere ‘drag’).