Dictionary Results for retract

1. retract - verb

· formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"

Synonym(s): abjure, recant, forswear, resile

Hypernym(s): disown, renounce, repudiate

2. retract - verb

· pull away from a source of disgust or fear

Synonym(s): shrink_back

Hypernym(s): flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail

3. retract - verb

· use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)

Synonym(s): pull_back, draw_back

Hypernym(s): pull

4. retract - verb

· pull inward or towards a center; "The pilot drew in the landing gear"; "The cat retracted his claws"

Synonym(s): draw_in

Hypernym(s): attract, pull, pull_in, draw, draw_in

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