Definitions for retractrɪˈtrækt
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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"
shrink back, retract(verb)
pull away from a source of disgust or fear
retract, pull back, draw back(verb)
use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
draw in, retract(verb)
pull inward or towards a center
"The pilot drew in the landing gear"; "The cat retracted his claws"
To pull back inside (for example, an airplane retracting its wheels while flying).
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.
Origin: From Latin retractum, past participle of retrahere.
to draw back; to draw up or shorten; as, the cat can retract its claws; to retract a muscle
to withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take back; as, to retract an accusation or an assertion
to take back,, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to revoke
to draw back; to draw up; as, muscles retract after amputation
to take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession or a declaration
the pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rē-trakt′, v.t. to retrace or draw back: to recall: to recant.—v.i. to take back what has been said or granted.—adjs. Retrac′table, Retrac′tible, capable of being retracted or recalled.—n. Retractā′tion.—p.adj. Retrac′ted (her.), couped by a line diagonal to the main direction: (bot.) bent back.—adj. Retrac′tile, that may be drawn back, as claws.—n. Retrac′tion, act of retracting or drawing back: recantation.—adj. Retrac′tive, able or ready to retract.—adv. Retrac′tively.—n. Retrac′tor, one who, or that which, retracts or draws back: in breech-loading firearms, a device for withdrawing a cartridge-shell from the barrel: (surg.) an instrument for holding apart the edges of a wound during operation: a bandage to protect the soft parts from injury by the saw: (zool.) a muscle serving to draw in any part. [Fr.,—L. retrahĕre, retractum—re-, back, trahĕre, to draw.]
The numerical value of retract in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of retract in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth.
We reject this one-sided initiative and ask them to retract it and work within the framework of The SDC.
Disclaimer If anyone disagrees with anything I say, I am quite prepared to not only retract it, but also to deny under oath I ever said it.
’I didn’t retract any of the things I said in my speech six years ago, calling for a solution in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes a Jewish state.
People came out and staked a claim early on what happened, like the theory that MH370 had been shot down during war games, to retract that is an enormous blow to their credibility and professional career.
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