retract

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
retract

Third-person singular
retracts

Past tense
retracted

Past participle
retracted

Present participle
retracting

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If something retracts, it pulls back into where it came out from.
    An airplane retracts its wheels after takeoff.
    As she stretched, the cat's claws extended and then retracted again.
  2. (transitive) If you retract something you said, you take back or withdraw it.
    I retract all the accusations I made about the senator and sincerely hope he won't sue me.