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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.
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Retract Translations

retract in Spanish is retractarse
retract in Swedish is dra tillbaka