What does retract mean?

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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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retract

    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, retractumre-, back, trahĕre, to draw.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retract in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retract in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeff Flake:

    This is a new level, he needs to retract.

  2. Joseph Joubert:

    Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth.

  3. Haytham Manaa:

    We reject this one-sided initiative and ask them to retract it and work within the framework of The SDC.

  4. T. Lehrer:

    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.

  5. Charles Krauthammer:

    He's revealing who he is. This isn't some gaffe or accident, he had ample opportunity over the weekend to retract, to soften, to move away. Instead, he doubled down.

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