His manager, agent, and close friends begged him to retract his statement.
Although Mefferd later apologized for the method of her accusations, she did not retract the substance of the claims.
But when reporters asked him why he felt the need to retract the comment, he said, “So you all could stop asking me about it, OK?”
Editor Mark Whitaker stood by the article, but had to retract the detail about the Quran.
I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience.
He greeted me cheerily, and I said, "I don't think I ought to shake hands with you till you retract what you said about our navy."
He therefore cannot now retract: and he has no wish to retract.
No; certainly we are not, and if I may be permitted to retract what I said, I change my opinion very freely.
He could not as yet see how he was to retract his request for her presence.
Even an expert in the glass of other countries has to speak guardedly as to Italian work, or he may have to retract his words.
early 15c., "to draw (something) back," from Old French retracter (14c.) and directly from Latin retractus, past participle of retrahere "to draw back" (see retraction). Sense of "to revoke, recant, take back" is attested from 1540s, probably a back-formation from retraction. Related: Retracted; retracting.