from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take back; disavow: refused to retract the statement.
- transitive v. To draw back or in: a plane retracting its landing gear. See Synonyms at recede1.
- transitive v. Linguistics To utter (a sound) with the tongue drawn back.
- transitive v. Linguistics To draw back (the tongue).
- intransitive v. To take something back or disavow it.
- intransitive v. To draw back.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pull back inside (for example, an airplane retracting its wheels while flying).
- v. To take back or withdraw something one has said.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To draw back; to draw up or shorten
- transitive v. To withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take back.
- transitive v. To take back,, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to revoke.
- intransitive v. To draw back; to draw up.
- intransitive v. To take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession or a declaration.
- n. The pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw back; draw in: sometimes opposed to protract or protrude: as, a cat retracts her claws.
- To withdraw; remove.
- To take back; undo; recall; recant: as, to retract an assertion or an accusation.
- To contract; lessen in length; shorten.
- To draw or shrink back; draw in; recede.
- To undo or unsay what has been done or said before; recall or take back a declaration or a concession; recant.
- n. A falling back; a retreat.
- n. A retractation; recantation.
- n. In farriery, the prick of a horse's foot in nailing a shoe, requiring the nail to be withdrawn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pull inward or towards a center
- v. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
- v. pull away from a source of disgust or fear
- v. use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
Latin retractāre, to revoke, frequentative of retrahere, to draw back : re-, re- + trahere, to draw. V., tr., senses 2 and 3, and v., intr., sense 2, Middle English retracten, from Old French retracter, from Latin retractus, past participle of retrahere.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin retractum, past participle of retrahere. (Wiktionary)