verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of retract2
Synonyms for retract
Examples from the Web for retractible
Historical Examples of retractible
Word Origin for retract
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.