- (America) IPA: /ɹəˈtɹækt/
retract (retracts, present participle retracting; past and past participle retracted)
- (transitive) To pull back inside.
- An airplane retracts its wheels for flight.
- The wheelchair ramp on the bus wouldn't retract after use, it required persuasion by hand before the bus could move.
- (ambitransitive) To draw back; to draw up.
- Muscles retract after amputation.
- A cat can retract its claws.
- (transitive) To take back or withdraw something one has said.
- I retract all the accusations I made about the senator and sincerely hope he won't sue me.
- I would as freely have retracted this charge of idolatry as I ever made it.
- She will, and she will not; she grants, denies, / Consents, retracts, advances, and then flies.
- To take back, as a grant or favour previously bestowed; to revoke.
- (to take back or withdraw something one has said) take back, withcall, withdraw; See also Thesaurus:recant
- Portuguese: retrair
- Russian: втягивать
- Spanish: retraer