- 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[transitive] retract something (formal) to refuse to keep an agreement, a promise, etc. to retract an offer
- 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.
NAmE//rɪˈtrækt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retract
he / she / it retracts
past simple retracted
-ing form retracting