American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take back; disavow: refused to retract the statement.
- v. To draw back or in: a plane retracting its landing gear. See Synonyms at recede1.
- v. Linguistics To utter (a sound) with the tongue drawn back.
- v. Linguistics To draw back (the tongue).
- v. To take something back or disavow it.
- v. To draw back.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw back; draw in: sometimes opposed to protract or protrude: as, a cat retracts her claws.
- To withdraw; remove.
- To take back; undo; recall; recant: as, to retract an assertion or an accusation.
- To contract; lessen in length; shorten. Synonyms Recant, Revoke, etc. (see
renounce), disown, withdraw. See list under abjure.
- To draw or shrink back; draw in; recede.
- To undo or unsay what has been done or said before; recall or take back a declaration or a concession; recant.
- n. A falling back; a retreat.
- n. A retractation; recantation.
- n. In farriery, the prick of a horse's foot in nailing a shoe, requiring the nail to be withdrawn.
- v. transitive To pull back inside (for example, an airplane retracting its wheels while flying).
- v. transitive To take back or withdraw something one has said.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To draw back; to draw up or shorten
- v. To withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take back.
- v. obsolete To take back,, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to revoke.
- v. To draw back; to draw up.
- v. To take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession or a declaration.
- n. (Far.) The pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe.
- v. pull inward or towards a center
- v. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
- v. pull away from a source of disgust or fear
- v. use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
- From Latin retractum, past participle of retrahere. (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Even if you later retract is and apologize, there are enough god-forsaken morons in this country who will keep repeating it as though it's gospel solely because they choose to believe it in order to confirm for themselves that the world does indeed work the way they wish it to.”
“Equally, the vendor can pull out if a better offer comes along, or if they retract from the market.”
“Life went on, my reputation as an evil pro prostitution member seemed to grown not retract from the scathing criticisms.”
“I can’t think of them off the top of my head, but there have been a couple that I have read that purposely poke fun to add humor to the book, and it doesn’t retract from the story at all.”
“On the morning of the 24th of January the official document was handed to me, Mr. Wilson making the remark, as he gave it, that he hoped I would not retract, that is, he hoped that I would sign the official copy.”
“The store was pretty quick to "retract" what they said, but I'm amazed that it even happened.”
“Many of them have already hedged their bets by voting SNP at council, European and Scottish elections knowing full well that they can always 'retract' that vote when/(if?) it comes to a referendum.”
“Just yesterday, McCain said that Boehner should "retract" is remark. print share”
“Does everyone remember the flap last year about Robert Novak saying that the Clinton campaign had some deep dreadful oppo research on Obama, and how Obama challenged them to produce it or "retract"?”
“In most instances of error, a person is asked to "retract" or "correct" ones' self.”
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