retract (v.)

  1. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; He retracted his earlier statements about his religion; She abjured her beliefs

    [ Syn: abjure , recant , forswear , resile ]

  2. pull away from a source of disgust or fear

    [ Syn: shrink back ]

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

    [ Syn: pull back , draw back ]

  4. pull inward or towards a center; The pilot drew in the landing gear; The cat retracted his claws

    [ Syn: draw in ]

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