- to withdraw (a statement, opinion, etc.) as inaccurate or unjustified, especially formally or explicitly; take back.
- to withdraw or revoke (a decree, promise, etc.).
- to draw or shrink back.
- to withdraw a promise, vow, etc.
- to make a disavowal of a statement, opinion, etc.; recant.
Origin of retract2
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Examples from the Web for retractable
She slid it to the door entrance on its retractable casters.Code Three
These motors were located near the rear lip of Valier's conical cargo section on retractable booms.Tight Squeeze
Dean Charles Ing
Our retractable wings slid from their sockets and took hold of the thin atmosphere with a thump and a soft rustle.Stamped Caution
Raymond Zinke Gallun
He jabbed a button, and a motor purred, rolling out the retractable radar antenna.Way of a Rebel
Walter M. Miller
It had flaps which permitted slow landings and short take-offs, and it had retractable landing gear and variable-pitch propeller.The Golden Skull
- (tr) to draw in (a part or appendage)a snail can retract its horns; to retract the landing gear of an aircraft
- to withdraw (a statement, opinion, charge, etc) as invalid or unjustified
- to go back on (a promise or agreement)
- (intr) to shrink back, as in fear
- phonetics to modify the articulation of (a vowel) by bringing the tongue back away from the lips
Word Origin and History for retractable
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.