Retract

Definition of Retract

Re`tract´   Pronunciation: rė`trākt´
v. t.1.To draw back; to draw up or shorten; as, the cat can retract its claws; to retract a muscle.
[imp. & p. p. Retracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Retracting.]
2.To withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take back; as, to retract an accusation or an assertion.
I would as freely have retracted this charge of idolatry as I ever made it.
- Bp. Stillingfleet.
3.To take back,, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to revoke.
v. i.1.To draw back; to draw up; as, muscles retract after amputation.
2.To take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession or a declaration.
She will, and she will not; she grants, denies,
Consents, retracts, advances, and then files.
- Granville.
n.1.(Far.) The pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe.

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