1. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

- He retracted his earlier statements about his religion

Similar word(s): abjure, forswear, recant, resile

Definition categories: communication, disown, renounce, repudiate

2. pull away from a source of disgust or fear

Definition categories: motion, cringe, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince

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

Definition categories: contact, pull

4. pull inward or towards a center

- The cat retracted his claws

Definition categories: contact, attract, draw, pull

Sentences with retract as a verb:

- An airplane retracts its wheels for flight.

- Muscles retract after amputation.

- A cat can retract its claws.

- I retract all the accusations I made about the senator and sincerely hope he won't sue me.