Synonyms Examples Word Origin to withdraw (a statement, opinion, etc.) as inaccurate or unjustified, especially formally or explicitly; take back. to withdraw or revoke (a decree, promise, etc.). verb (used without object) to draw or shrink back. to withdraw a promise, vow, etc. to make a disavowal of a statement, opinion, etc.; recant. Origin of retract 2 1535–45;
to reconsider, withdraw, equivalent to
to drag, pull, take in hand (frequentative of
Related forms re·tract·a·ble, re·tract·i·ble, adjective re·tract·a·bil·i·ty, re·tract·i·bil·i·ty, noun re·trac·ta·tion , [ree-trak- tey-sh uhn] /ˌri trækˈteɪ ʃən/ noun un·re·tract·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for retractible Historical Examples Our crowning achievement was retractible wings for steering the ship in atmosphere. A quick glance at the retractible landing gear sufficed to satisfy her that the wheels were securely blocked. British Dictionary definitions for retractible (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 Derived Forms retractable or retractible, adjective retractability or retractibility, noun retractation ( ˌriːtrækˈteɪʃən), noun retractive, adjective Word Origin
C16: from Latin
retractāre to withdraw, from tractāre to pull, from trahere to drag
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Word Origin and History for retractible retract v.
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.
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