Variant of retract
transitive verb, intransitive verb
- to draw back or in: to retract claws
- to withdraw or disavow (a statement, promise, offer, charge, etc.); recant
Origin: ME retracten: in retractsense < L retractus, pp. of retrahere, to draw back < re-, back + trahere, to draw; in retractsense < MFr retracter < L retractare, to draw back, withdraw < re-, back + tractare, to pull, draw, freq. of trahere
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