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retract meaning

[ ri'trækt ] Pronunciation:   "retract" in a sentence
  • Verb: retract  ri'trakt
    1. Formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
      "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"
      - abjure, recant, forswear, resile 
    2. Pull away from a source of disgust or fear
      - shrink back 
    3. Use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
      - pull back, draw back 
    4. Pull inward or towards a centre
      "The cat retracted his claws"
      - draw in

    Derived forms: retracting, retracted, retracts

    See also: retraction, retractor

    Type of: attract, blench, cringe, disown, draw, draw in, flinch, funk, pull, pull in, quail, recoil, renounce, repudiate, shrink, squinch, wince

    Encyclopedia: Retract


  • [Business]
    verb [+ obj or no obj]

    1

    to say that sth you have said earlier is not true or correct or that you did not mean it:

    She declined to retract the comment.

    He never asked the paper to retract.

    Your bid can only be retracted under special circumstances.

    The panel forced her to retract the statement.

    2

    to become, or to make sth become, smaller in amount or value:

    Corporate IT spending retracted last year.

    The abnormal returns continued to retract during the next 12 trading days

    retraction // noun [U,C]:

    He issued a public retraction of his comments.

    the huge retraction of corporate investment


  • [Finance]
    The withdrawal of a bid, offer or statement before any relevant party acts on the information provided. In most circumstances, retracting an offer within a proper time frame will relieve a person of any obligations associated with the bid.

  • [Law]
    To withdraw a proposition or offer before it has been accepted.

    This the party making it has a right to do is long as it has not been accepted; for no principle of law or equity can, under these circumstances, require him to persevere in it.

    The retraction may be express, as when notice is given that the offer is withdrawn; or, tacit as by the death of the offering party, or his inability to complete the contract; for then the consent of one of the parties has been destroyed, before the other has acquired any existence; there can therefore be no agreement.

    After pleading guilty, a defendant will, in certain cases where he has entered that plea by mistake or in consequence of some error, be allowed to retract it. But where a prisoner pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny, and sentence has been passed upon him, he will not be allowed to retract his plea, and plead not guilty.

    Various news media will often print or publish a retraction of a story that was factually incorrect. Such a retraction seldom rises to the level of an apology, but is usually more a correction of the mistake fact or allegation.
       

  • [Medicine]
    vt : to draw back or in ‹retract the lower jaw› —compare PROTRACT
    ¦ vi : to draw something (as tissue) back or in; also : to use a retractor

Examples

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  1. so then it was too late to retract.
  2. it was not often necessary for her to retract a statement.
  3. a cat retracts its claws.
  4. i could not retract.
  5. they were in collusion and attempted to retract their testimony.

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