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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

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

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

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text: retract the device retracted device
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