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Definition of retract verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retract
    he / she / it retracts
    past simple retracted
    -ing form retracting
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  1. 1[transitive] retract something (formal) to say that something you have said earlier is not true or correct, or that you did not mean it He made a false confession, which he later retracted. They tried to persuade me to retract my words.
  2. 2[transitive] retract something (formal) to refuse to keep an agreement, a promise, etc. to retract an offer
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] (technology) to move back into the main part of something; to pull something back into the main part of something The animal retracted into its shell. The landing gear failed to retract. retract something The landing gear was fully retracted.
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