Definition of retract
- cats retract their claws
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.
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: 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)
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the quality or state of being insatiable
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