• (America) IPA: /ɹəˈtɹækt/

retract (retracts, present participle retracting; past and past participle retracted)

  1. (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.
  2. (ambitransitive) To draw back; to draw up.
    Muscles retract after amputation.
    A cat can retract its claws.
  3. (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.
  4. To take back, as a grant or favour previously bestowed; to revoke.
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • Portuguese: retrair
  • Russian: втягивать
  • Spanish: retraer
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