retract (v.) early 15c., "to draw (something) back," from L. retractus, pp. of retrahere (see RETRACTION (Cf. retraction)). Sense of "to revoke, withdraw" is attested from 1540s. Related: Retracted; retracting.

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  • retract — re‧tract [rɪˈtrækt] verb [transitive] 1. FINANCE if a company retracts bonds, shares etc, it takes them off the market by buying them back from investors; = RETIRE: • It will use its credit line to retract C$53.3 million in preferred shares. 2.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Retract — Re*tract (r[ e]*tr[=a]kt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retracted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retracting}.] [F. r[ e]tracter, L. retractare, retractatum, to handle again, reconsider, retract, fr. retrahere, retractum, to draw back. See {Retreat}.] 1. To draw… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retract — [ri trakt′] vt., vi. [ME retracten: in RETRACT sense 1 < L retractus, pp. of retrahere, to draw back < re , back + trahere, to DRAW; in RETRACT sense 2 < MFr retracter < L retractare, to draw back, withdraw < re , back + tractare,… …   English World dictionary

  • Retract — Re*tract , v. i. 1. To draw back; to draw up; as, muscles retract after amputation. [1913 Webster] 2. To take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession or a declaration. [1913 Webster] She will, and she will not; she grants, denies,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retract — index abandon (withdraw), abolish, abrogate (annul), abrogate (rescind), adeem, annul …   Law dictionary

  • retract — RETRÁCT s.n. (jur.) Luare înapoi a unui bun, a unui drept alienat. [< fr. retrait]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN  RETRÁCT s. n. (jur.) luare înapoi a unui bun, a unui drept alienat. (< fr. retrait, lat. retractus) …   Dicționar Român

  • Retract — Re*tract , n. (Far.) The pricking of a horse s foot in nailing on a shoe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retract — Retract, s. Retractus …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Retract — Retract, s. Näherrecht u. Zugrecht …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • retract — 1 retrograde, back, *recede, retreat Antonyms: protract 2 recant, *abjure, renounce, forswear Analogous words: eliminate, *exclude, suspend, rule out …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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