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Definition of Retract


  1. To draw back; to draw up or shorten; as, the cat can retract its claws; to retract a muscle.
  2. To withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take back; as, to retract an accusation or an assertion.
  3. To take back,, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to revoke.
  4. To draw back; to draw up; as, muscles retract after amputation.
  5. To take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession or a declaration.
  6. The pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe.

Retract Quotations

In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth.
Joseph Joubert

The story of technology seems to go up and then retract into simplicity again.
Ze Frank

I think the bottom line for me and for Newsweek is that there were a lot of - we did retract this specific matter about the Koran and the toilet for the reasons that you just cited.
Michael Isikoff

I am better able to retract what I did not say than what I did.
Solomon Ibn Gabirol
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Retract Translations

retract in Spanish is retractarse
retract in Swedish is dra tillbaka
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