Retract Definition

rĭ-trăkt
retracted, retracting, retracts
verb
retracted, retracting, retracts
To take back; disavow.
Refused to retract the statement.
American Heritage
To draw back or in.
To retract claws.
Webster's New World
To withdraw or disavow (a statement, promise, offer, charge, etc.); recant.
Webster's New World
To utter (a sound) with the tongue drawn back.
American Heritage
To draw back (the tongue).
American Heritage
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Origin of Retract

  • Latin retractāre to revoke frequentative of retrahere to draw back re- re- trahere to draw V., tr., senses 2 and 3, and v., intr., sense 2, Middle English retracten from Old French retracter from Latin retractus past participle of retrahere

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin retractum, past participle of retrahere.

    From Wiktionary

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