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v. ret·ted, ret·ting, rets
To moisten or soak (flax, for example) in order to soften and separate the fibers by partial rotting.
To become so moistened or soaked.

[Middle English reten, probably from Middle Dutch reeten.]


vb, rets, retting or retted
(Textiles) (tr) to moisten or soak (flax, hemp, jute, etc) to promote bacterial action in order to facilitate separation of the fibres from the woody tissue by beating
[C15: of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch reeten, Swedish röta, German rösten; see rot1]



v.t. ret•ted, ret•ting.
to soak, as flax, to facilitate the removal of the fiber from the woody tissue by rotting.
[1400–50; late Middle English ret(t)en]


1. retain.
2. retired.
3. return.
4. returned.


Past participle: retted
Gerund: retting

I ret
you ret
he/she/it rets
we ret
you ret
they ret
I retted
you retted
he/she/it retted
we retted
you retted
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Present Continuous
I am retting
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he/she/it is retting
we are retting
you are retting
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Present Perfect
I have retted
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you have retted
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Past Continuous
I was retting
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he/she/it was retting
we were retting
you were retting
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Past Perfect
I had retted
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we had retted
you had retted
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I will ret
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we will ret
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Future Perfect
I will have retted
you will have retted
he/she/it will have retted
we will have retted
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Future Continuous
I will be retting
you will be retting
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they will be retting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been retting
you have been retting
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we have been retting
you have been retting
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been retting
you will have been retting
he/she/it will have been retting
we will have been retting
you will have been retting
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been retting
you had been retting
he/she/it had been retting
we had been retting
you had been retting
they had been retting
I would ret
you would ret
he/she/it would ret
we would ret
you would ret
they would ret
Past Conditional
I would have retted
you would have retted
he/she/it would have retted
we would have retted
you would have retted
they would have retted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ret - place (flax, hemp, or jute) in liquid so as to promote loosening of the fibers from the woody tissue
souse, soak, sop, dowse, drench, douse - cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot face"


abbr of retireda. D.
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