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Definition of retract:

  1. The pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe.
  2. To draw back; to draw up or shorten; as, the cat can retract its claws; to retract a muscle.
  3. To draw back; to draw up; as, muscles retract after amputation.
  4. To take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession or a declaration.
  5. To take back, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to revoke.
  6. To withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take back; as, to retract an accusation or an assertion.

Synonyms:

forego, leave, relinquish, close in, countermand, suck in, retire from, take a hop, quit, bounce, pull in, curl, approach, cease, pull away, attract, retire, ricochet, accept, recede, pull in one's horns, abjure, back away, discontinue, shrink back, move in, give up, retrograde, vacate, curl up, ebb, crawfish out, resign, forsake, remove, draw in, resile, cast off, cede, crawfish, show, surrender, withdraw from, retreat, pull back, bound, recant, take in, retrogress, spring, move back, get in, reverberate, recoil, retrocede, back out, forswear, draw, draw back, rebound, pull, take back, depart from.

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