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re·tract

 (rĭ-trăkt′)
v. re·tract·ed, re·tract·ing, re·tracts
v.tr.
1. To take back; disavow: refused to retract the statement.
2. To draw back or in: a plane retracting its landing gear.
3. Linguistics
a. To utter (a sound) with the tongue drawn back.
b. To draw back (the tongue).
v.intr.
1. To take something back or disavow it.
2. To draw back: a leash that retracts into a plastic case. See Synonyms at recede1.

[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.]

re·tract′a·bil′i·ty, re·tract′i·bil′i·ty n.
re·tract′a·ble, re·tract′i·ble adj.
re′trac·ta′tion (rē′trăk-tā′shən) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.retracted - drawn back and in; "a cat with retracted claws"
backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"
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Setting her own inclination apart, to have failed a second time in her engagement to Miss Tilney, to have retracted a promise voluntarily made only five minutes before, and on a false pretence too, must have been wrong.
I turned the knob and they were retracted flush with the edge; released it, and they shot out.
The man was upon one knee, his back in the angle of the wall, his shoulders elevated to the level of his ears, his hands before his face, palms outward, the fingers spread and crooked like claws; the white face turned upward on the retracted neck had an expression of unutterable fright, the mouth half open, the eyes incredibly expanded.
Decide for thyself in thy wisdom, reader; for I am not bound, nor is it in my power, to do more; though certain it is they say that at the time of his death he retracted, and said he had invented it, thinking it matched and tallied with the adventures he had read of in his histories.
so soon retracted, had been nothing but a mockery; a mockery like his crown -- like his scepter -- like his friends -- like all that had surrounded his royal childhood, and which had abandoned his proscribed youth.
I hope it may not,' said the Secretary in a lower voice, 'be the result of the false accusation which has been retracted.
I have it in charge from Mr Boffin to discover, and I am very desirous for myself to discover, whether that retracted accusation still leaves any stain upon her.
Most of its arms were retracted, but with three long tentacles it was fishing out a number of rods, plates, and bars which lined the covering and apparently strengthened the walls of the cylinder.
India'srenowned news websiteThe Quinthas retracted its story on Kulbhushan Jadhav that confirmed he was the spy from Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
ISLAMABAD: India's renowned news website The Quint has retracted its story on Kulbhushan Jadhav that confirmed he was the spy from Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
The plaintiffs cited factual disputes as Garza stated in a 2013 incident report that he could not see the plow behind his MDOT vehicle when he passed the Mehays, but conceded during his deposition that the accidents took place because the plow was not fully retracted behind his vehicle, according to the opinion.
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