HyperDic: retract

English > 4 senses of the word retract:
VERBcommunicationretract, abjure, recant, forswear, resileformally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
motionretract, shrink backpull away from a source of disgust or fear
contactretract, pull back, draw backuse a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
contactretract, draw inpull inward or towards a center
retract > pronunciation
Soundsriytrae'kt
Rhymesabstract ... whacked: 41 rhymes with aekt...
English > retract: 4 senses > verb 1, communication
Meaningformally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something
Example"He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"
Synonymsabjure, recant, forswear, resile
Broaderdisown, renounce, repudiateCast off
Spanishabjurar, renunciar, retractarse, retractar
Catalanabjurar, retractar-se, retractar
Nounsretractiona disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion
English > retract: 4 senses > verb 2, motion
Meaningpull away from a source of disgust or fear.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
Synonymshrink back
Broaderflinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quaildraw back, as with fear or pain
Spanishreplegarse, retractar, retraerse
English > retract: 4 senses > verb 3, contact
MeaningUse a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ) .
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymspull back, draw back
Broaderpullapply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
Nounsretractorsurgical instrument that holds back the edges of a surgical incision
English > retract: 4 senses > verb 4, contact
MeaningPull inward or towards a center.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example "The cat retracted his claws"
Synonymdraw in
Narrowerinvaginate, introvertFold inwards
Broaderattract, pull, pull in, draw, draw indirect toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
Similar toattract, pull, pull in, draw, draw indirect toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
Spanishretraerse
Nounsretractionthe act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back

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