Verb(1) formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure(2) pull away from a source of disgust or fear(3) use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ(4) pull inward or towards a center
(1) Your Honours, I made some concessions either explicit or implicit on the last occasion which I wish to retract .(2) Okay, I'm prepared to retract my original statement.(3) the parish council was forced to retract a previous resolution(4) The rear of the controller has a winding mechanism to retract the aerial, which when extended goes to about 45 cm.(5) If it is corrected before the player who revoked plays to the next trick, the opponent who played after the revoke may retract one's card and substitute another.(6) Right now, only three months later, I would like to retract what I said.(7) There is, as it seems to me at least, nothing in that judgment which the court should now seek to vary, modify or retract , assuming that it were open to the court to do so.(8) He said: "I do not retract what I have put in writing."(9) Several weeks later, Pioneer retracted its decision, allegedly due to concern about unfavorable publicity and pressure from its labor union.(10) Most cats have feet, obviously, with retractable claws.(11) Sometimes the buyer retracts the payment saying that a transfer never took place at all.(12) This ingeniously engineered retractable roof over a courtyard attached to an eighteenth-century theatre in Valletta brings the space into use all year round.(13) He subsequently retracted the claim but in a manner that failed to reassure many experts.(14) After a moment of no action from his part, he retracts his hands and stares at them for a moment.(15) He slammed down on the button on the table, retracting the top and bringing the computer console up.(16) Gartner has retracted its most recent quarterly server numbers and published revised statistics.