Pronunciation: (ri-trakt'),[key] —v.t. to draw back or in: to retract fangs.
—v.i. to draw back within itself or oneself, fold up, or the like, or to be capable of doing this: The blade retracts.
Pronunciation: (ri-trakt'),[key] —v.t. 1. to withdraw (a statement, opinion, etc.) as inaccurate or unjustified, esp. formally or explicitly; take back.
2. to withdraw or revoke (a decree, promise, etc.).
—v.i. 1. to draw or shrink back.
2. to withdraw a promise, vow, etc.
3. to make a disavowal of a statement, opinion, etc.; recant.