Definitions for retractrɪˈtrækt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abjure, recant, forswear, retract, resile(verb)

    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

    "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"

  2. shrink back, retract(verb)

    pull away from a source of disgust or fear

  3. retract, pull back, draw back(verb)

    use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)

  4. draw in, retract(verb)

    pull inward or towards a center

    "The pilot drew in the landing gear"; "The cat retracted his claws"


  1. retract(Verb)

    To pull back inside (for example, an airplane retracting its wheels while flying).

  2. retract(Verb)

    To take back or withdraw something one has said.

    I retract all the accusations I made about the senator and sincerely hope he won't sue me.

  3. Origin: From Latin retractum, past participle of retrahere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retract(verb)

    to draw back; to draw up or shorten; as, the cat can retract its claws; to retract a muscle

  2. Retract(verb)

    to withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take back; as, to retract an accusation or an assertion

  3. Retract(verb)

    to take back,, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to revoke

  4. Retract(verb)

    to draw back; to draw up; as, muscles retract after amputation

  5. Retract(verb)

    to take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession or a declaration

  6. Retract(noun)

    the pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe


  1. Retract

    In mathematics, in the field of group theory, a subgroup of a group is termed a retract if there is an endomorphism of the group that maps surjectively to the subgroup and is identity on the subgroup. In symbols, H is a retract of G if and only if there is an endomorphism such that σ = h for all and for all . The endomorphism itself is termed an idempotent endomorphism or a retraction. The following is known about retracts: ⁕A subgroup is a retract if and only if it has a normal complement. The normal complement, specifically, is the kernel of the retraction. ⁕Every direct factor is a retract. Conversely, any retract which is a normal subgroup is a direct factor. ⁕Every retract has the congruence extension property. ⁕Every regular factor, and in particular, every free factor, is a retract.

Translations for retract

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  • odvolat, vzít zpět, zatáhnout, vtáhnoutCzech
  • συμπτύσσω, ανακαλώGreek
  • retractarSpanish
  • [[vetää]] [[sisään]], [[vetää]] [[pois]]Finnish
  • ritrattareItalian
  • kairua, whakakopaMāori
  • retrage, dezice, retractaRomanian
  • втягивать, вбиратьRussian

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