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.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Abandon is a word of wide signification, applying to persons or things of any kind; abdicate and resign apply to office, authority, or power; cede to territorial possessions; surrender especially to military force, and more generally to any demand, claim, passion, etc. Quit carries an idea of suddenness or abruptness not necessarily implied in abandon, and may not have the same suggestion of finality. The king abdicates his throne, cedes his territory, deserts his followers, renounces his religion, relinquishes his titles, abandons his designs. A cowardly officer deserts his ship; the helpless passengers abandon it. We quit business, give up property, resign office, abandon a habit or a trust. Relinquish commonly implies reluctance; the fainting hand relinquishes its grasp; the creditor relinquishes his claim. Abandon implies previous association with responsibility for or control of; forsake implies previous association with inclination or attachment, real or assumed; a man may abandon or forsake house or friends; he abandons an enterprise; forsakes God. Abandon is applied to both good and evil action; a thief abandons his designs, a man his principles. Forsake, like abandon, may be used either in the favorable or unfavorable sense; desert is always unfavorable, involving a breach of duty, except when used of mere localities; as, "the Deserted Village." While a monarch abdicates, a president or other elected or appointed officer resigns. It was held that James II. abdicated his throne by deserting it.
abandon, abdicate, abjure, cast off, cease, cede, depart from, desert, discontinue, forego, forsake, forswear, give up, leave, quit, recant, relinquish, renounce, repudiate, resign, retire from, surrender, vacate, withdraw from
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abjure, recant, forswear, retract, resileverb
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, retractverb
pull away from a source of disgust or fear
retract, pull back, draw backverb
use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
back out, draw back, recant, withdraw, pull away, shrink back, retire, draw, forswear, pull back, abjure, crawfish, move back, crawfish out, retreat, recede, resile, pull in one's horns, back away, draw in
draw in, retractverb
pull inward or towards a center
"The pilot drew in the landing gear"; "The cat retracted his claws"
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How to use retract in a sentence?
Jeb Bush's comments regarding the children of Asian immigrants are derogatory and offensive, he should immediately retract his statements and apologize to the Asian community for his insensitive behavior.
’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.
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.
This is a new level, he needs to retract.
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.
Translations for retract
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- odvolat, vzít zpět, zatáhnout, vtáhnoutCzech
- συμπτύσσω, ανακαλώGreek
- retractar, retraerSpanish
- [[vetää]] [[sisään]], [[vetää]] [[pois]]Finnish
- वापस लेनाHindi
- kairua, whakakopaMāori
- retrage, dezice, retractaRomanian
- втягивать, вбиратьRussian
- dra tillbakaSwedish
- rút lạiVietnamese
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