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Meaning & Definition of Retract in English

English

Retract

/ritrækt/

verb

1. Formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

  • "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"
  • "She abjured her beliefs"
    synonym:
  • abjure
  • ,
  • recant
  • ,
  • forswear
  • ,
  • retract
  • ,
  • resile

2. Pull away from a source of disgust or fear

    synonym:
  • shrink back
  • ,
  • retract

3. Use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)

    synonym:
  • retract
  • ,
  • pull back
  • ,
  • draw back

4. Pull inward or towards a center

  • "The pilot drew in the landing gear"
  • "The cat retracted his claws"
    synonym:
  • draw in
  • ,
  • retract