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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.

retract

(rɪˈtrækt)
vb
1. (tr) to draw in (a part or appendage): a snail can retract its horns; to retract the landing gear of an aircraft.
2. to withdraw (a statement, opinion, charge, etc) as invalid or unjustified
3. to go back on (a promise or agreement)
4. (intr) to shrink back, as in fear
5. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics to modify the articulation of (a vowel) by bringing the tongue back away from the lips
[C16: from Latin retractāre to withdraw, from tractāre to pull, from trahere to drag]
reˈtractable, reˈtractible adj
reˌtractaˈbility, reˌtractiˈbility n
retractation n
reˈtractive adj

re•tract1

(rɪˈtrækt)

v.t.
1. to draw back or in: to retract fangs.
v.i.
2. to be capable of being drawn back or in.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin retractus, past participle of retrahere to draw back]

re•tract2

(rɪˈtrækt)

v.t.
1. to withdraw (a statement, opinion, etc.) as inaccurate or unjustified, esp. formally.
2. to withdraw or revoke (a decree, promise, etc.).
v.i.
3. to withdraw a promise, vow, etc.
4. to make a disavowal of a statement, opinion, etc.; recant.
[1535–45; < Latin retractāre to reconsider, withdraw]
re•tract′a•ble, re•tract′i•ble, adj.

retract


Past participle: retracted
Gerund: retracting

Imperative
retract
retract
Present
I retract
you retract
he/she/it retracts
we retract
you retract
they retract
Preterite
I retracted
you retracted
he/she/it retracted
we retracted
you retracted
they retracted
Present Continuous
I am retracting
you are retracting
he/she/it is retracting
we are retracting
you are retracting
they are retracting
Present Perfect
I have retracted
you have retracted
he/she/it has retracted
we have retracted
you have retracted
they have retracted
Past Continuous
I was retracting
you were retracting
he/she/it was retracting
we were retracting
you were retracting
they were retracting
Past Perfect
I had retracted
you had retracted
he/she/it had retracted
we had retracted
you had retracted
they had retracted
Future
I will retract
you will retract
he/she/it will retract
we will retract
you will retract
they will retract
Future Perfect
I will have retracted
you will have retracted
he/she/it will have retracted
we will have retracted
you will have retracted
they will have retracted
Future Continuous
I will be retracting
you will be retracting
he/she/it will be retracting
we will be retracting
you will be retracting
they will be retracting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been retracting
you have been retracting
he/she/it has been retracting
we have been retracting
you have been retracting
they have been retracting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been retracting
you will have been retracting
he/she/it will have been retracting
we will have been retracting
you will have been retracting
they will have been retracting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been retracting
you had been retracting
he/she/it had been retracting
we had been retracting
you had been retracting
they had been retracting
Conditional
I would retract
you would retract
he/she/it would retract
we would retract
you would retract
they would retract
Past Conditional
I would have retracted
you would have retracted
he/she/it would have retracted
we would have retracted
you would have retracted
they would have retracted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.retract - formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressureretract - formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"
repudiate, disown, renounce - cast off; "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son"
2.retract - pull away from a source of disgust or fear
cringe, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, wince, shrink, squinch - draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
3.retract - use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
pull - apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion; "Pull the rope"; "Pull the handle towards you"; "pull the string gently"; "pull the trigger of the gun"; "pull your knees towards your chin"
4.retract - pull inward or towards a center; "The pilot drew in the landing gear"; "The cat retracted his claws"
attract, pull in, draw in, pull, draw - direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"
introvert, invaginate - fold inwards; "some organs can invaginate"

retract

verb
2. draw in, pull in, pull back, reel in, sheathe A cat in ecstasy will extend and retract his claws.

retract

verb
1. To disavow (something previously written or said) irrevocably and usually formally:
2. To pull back in:
3. To move back or away from a point, limit, or mark:
Translations
يَنْقَبِض، يَنْكَمِش
vtáhnoutzatáhnoutvzít zpětodvolat
behúz
draga inn
įsitrauktiįtraukiamas
ievilktievilkties
vtiahnuť
geri çekmek

retract

[rɪˈtrækt]
A. VT
1. [+ statement] → retractar, retirar
2. (= draw in) [+ claws] → retraer; [+ head] → meter (Tech) [+ undercarriage etc] → replegar
B. VI
1. (= apologize) → retractarse, desdecirse
he refuses to retractse niega a retractarse or desdecirse
2. (= be drawn in) → retraerse, meterse (Tech) → replegarse

retract

[rɪˈtrækt]
vt
[+ statement, accusation] → se rétracter de, rétracter; [+ offer, bid] → rétracter
[+ claws] → rétracter
[+ undercarriage, aerial] → rentrer, escamoter
vi
(= recant) → se rétracter
[muscles] → se rétracter; [undercarriage, blade] → rentrer

retract

vt
(= withdraw) offerzurückziehen; statementzurücknehmen; decisionzuücknehmen, rückgängig machen
(= draw back) clawseinziehen; (Aviat) undercarriageeinziehen
vi
(= withdraw)einen Rückzieher machen
(claws, undercarriage)eingezogen werden

retract

[rɪˈtrækt]
1. vt (statement) → ritrattare; (draw in, claws) → ritrarre; (aerial) → ritirare; (wheels of plane) → far rientrare
2. vi (claws) → ritrarsi; (aerial, wheels) → rientrare

retract

(riˈtrӕkt) verb
to pull, or be pulled, into the body etc. A cat can retract its claws; A cat's claws can retract.
reˈtraction (-ʃən) noun
reˈtractable adjective
able to be pulled up or in. An aeroplane has retractable wheels.

re·tract

v. retraer, retractar; retraerse, volverse hacia atrás.