A plane retracting its landing gear.
A leash that retracts into a plastic case.
To retract claws.
Muscles retract after amputation.
A cat can retract its claws.
I retract all the accusations I made about the senator and sincerely hope he won't sue me.
When you made a statement and then realized you spoke in error and take back what you said, this is an example of a situation where you retract your statement.
When you pull your hand back because it touches a hot flame, this is an example of a situation where you retract your hand.
Refused to retract the statement.
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.