Origin of retMiddle English retten, reten ; from Middle Dutch reten, reeten ; from Indo-European an unverified form reud-: see rotten
verbret·ted, ret·ting, rets
Origin of retMiddle English reten, probably from Middle Dutch reeten.
(third-person singular simple present rets, present participle retting, simple past and past participle retted)
- To prepare (flax, hemp etc.) for further processing by soaking, which facilitates separation of fibers from the woody parts of the stem.
- (law) Abbreviation of retirement.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.