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retract - Dictionary definition and meaning for word retract

(verb) formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
Synonyms : abjure , forswear , recant , resile
Example Sentence
  • He retracted his earlier statements about his religion
  • She abjured her beliefs

(verb) pull away from a source of disgust or fear
Synonyms : shrink back

(verb) use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
Synonyms : draw back , pull back

(verb) pull inward or towards a center
Synonyms : draw in
Example Sentence
  • The pilot drew in the landing gear
  • The cat retracted his claws

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for retract

retract->RE TAKE IT, meaning to take back
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by imajeeth

Re(BACK)+tract(TRACKING) whenever our mobile is stolen we TRACK it in order to TAKE BACK from thieves
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by lebshah

Protract is prolong or expand,whereas,retract is withdraw or take back.
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by KSahoo

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