Examples of retract in a Sentence
A cat can retract its claws.
The pilot retracted the plane's landing gear.
The plane's landing gear failed to retract.
Their college grants were retracted.
They retracted the job offer.
Recent Examples of retract from the Web
That led to more than 1.8 million Britons signing a petition urging her to retract the invitation.
Portland native Scott Quick emailed the mayor on Tuesday urging him to retract his call to revoke rally permits.
For weeks, Trump and his administration have been taunting the media and global leaders with possible deadlines -- which then are retracted -- and with meetings of senior Cabinet officials, which have been postponed.
The actual outdoor patio has 80 seats; when the roof is retracted, there are 300 seats that are essentially outdoors.
On Tuesday, Fox News retracted a story about Rich from their own site.
The Rich family called for Fox, both local and national, to retract the stories.
Tapping a telescope extends and retracts it, pushing and pulling the marble around the screen.
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Origin and Etymology of retract
Middle English, from Latin retractus, past participle of retrahere — more at retreat
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of retract
recede, retreat, retract, back mean to move backward. recede implies a gradual withdrawing from a forward or high fixed point in time or space. the flood waters gradually receded retreat implies withdrawal from a point or position reached. retreating soldiers retract implies drawing back from an extended position. a cat retracting its claws back is used with up, down, out, or off to refer to any retrograde motion. backed off on the throttle
RETRACT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of retract for English Language Learners
: to pull (something) back into something larger that usually covers it
: to say that something you said or wrote is not true or correct
: to take back (something, such as an offer or promise)
RETRACT Defined for Kids
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