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re·tract

(rē-trakt'),
To shrink, draw back, or pull apart.
[L. re-traho, pp. -tractus, a drawing back]

retract

[ritrakt′]
Etymology: L, retractare, to draw back
to shrink, make shorter, or pull back.

retract

(ri-trakt′) [L. retractus, drawn back]
To draw back.
retractable (′ă-bĕl), adjective
References in classic literature ?
Come," said he, "this matter will want a good deal of talking over; a retractation is always a serious thing, you know.
Do you insist on this retractation so far as to kill me if I do not make it, although I have repeated more than once, and affirmed on my honor, that I was ignorant of the thing with which you charge me, and although I still declare that it is impossible for any one but you to recognize the Count of Morcerf under the name of Fernand?
La retractation du groupe Ahrar El Cham a lezarde le [beaucoup moins que] rassemblement unitaire [beaucoup plus grand que] clame par la rencontre de Ryad.