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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"
References in classic literature ?
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." And then he goes on to say:
This promise of Louis XIV., 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I hope it may not,' said the Secretary in a lower voice, 'be the result of the false accusation which has been retracted.'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.
But less than an hour after he sent the message, he retracted it and said, 'Security Tenure Bill not yet vetoed.
Parliament should have retracted this question, the minister in charge of Parliament should not have allowed this question.
The bumper can then be retracted by deflating the inflatable structure and then pulling it back using a spring mechanism.
Joumblatt was released Friday on bail, which he will still have to pay even though the complaint was retracted. He remains under investigation, and despite Bassil's withdrawal, may still face charges from the public prosecutor.