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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

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

I can't think of a major story that we have broken that was incorrect. But we have had to correct some things that were false; we have had to retract things.
Mary Hart
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Retract Translations

retract in Spanish is retractarse
retract in Swedish is dra tillbaka
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