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English verb: retract

1. retract (communication) formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure


SamplesHe retracted his earlier statements about his religion.
She abjured her beliefs.


Synonymsabjure, forswear, recant, resile


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disown, renounce, repudiate

2. retract (motion) pull away from a source of disgust or fear


Synonymsshrink back


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)cringe, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince

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


Synonymsdraw back, pull back


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pull

4. retract (contact) pull inward or towards a center


SamplesThe pilot drew in the landing gear.
The cat retracted his claws.


Synonymsdraw in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in


Narrower (hyponym)introvert, invaginate


Verb groupattract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in









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