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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.]
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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]
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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.
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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
they retted
Present Continuous
I am retting
you are retting
he/she/it is retting
we are retting
you are retting
they are retting
Present Perfect
I have retted
you have retted
he/she/it has retted
we have retted
you have retted
they have retted
Past Continuous
I was retting
you were retting
he/she/it was retting
we were retting
you were retting
they were retting
Past Perfect
I had retted
you had retted
he/she/it had retted
we had retted
you had retted
they had retted
I will ret
you will ret
he/she/it will ret
we will ret
you will ret
they will ret
Future Perfect
I will have retted
you will have retted
he/she/it will have retted
we will have retted
you will have retted
they will have retted
Future Continuous
I will be retting
you will be retting
he/she/it will be retting
we will be retting
you will be retting
they will be retting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been retting
you have been retting
he/she/it has been retting
we have been retting
you have been retting
they have been retting
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
they will have been retting
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
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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"
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abbr of retireda. D.
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RET proto-oncogene has been identified in hereditary MEN2 syndrome, and is involved in sporadic medullary and papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and Hirschsprung's disease (5).
He explained that, without the RET, a landing airplane usually stays in the runway for two to three minutes, requiring longer separation for the next landing airplane.
Studies included in the analysis were peer-reviewed, randomised clinical trials (RCTs) that used validated measures of depressive symptoms at baseline and midintervention and/or postintervation, and in which participants were allocated to either a RET intervention or a non-active control condition.
Gordon, from the University of Limerick in Ireland, and colleagues examined the correlation of efficacy of RET with depressive symptoms using data from 33 randomized clinical trials involving 1,877 participants.
(6) proposed a RET for hindlimb (i.e., "squat-like" movement) in which rats were suspended in a standing position and fixed into an apparatus using a canvas jacket.
Among the many PPGL susceptibility genes, RET is a well-known protooncogene, germline mutations of which cause multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2), which is characterized by medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), PCC, and hyperparathyroidism [7,8].