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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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