retract has definitions from the field of surgery
1
[ verb ] formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

Examples

"He retracted his earlier statements about his religion" "She abjured her beliefs"

Used in print

(The Detroit News...)

However , the confession , which was the only evidence against him , was retracted before the trial .

(Dale L. Womble, "Functional Marriage Course...)

Incidentally , it needs to be noted that because auditors were permitted the section began increasing in numbers each_week , until at_last it swelled to such proportions that this `` free '' auditing policy had to be retracted .

Related terms

renounce retraction

2
[ verb ] (surgery) use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)

Synonyms

pull_back draw_back

Related terms

pull retractor

3
[ verb ] pull away from a source of disgust or fear

Synonyms

shrink_back

Related terms

flinch

4
[ verb ] pull inward or towards a center

Synonyms

draw_in

Examples

"The pilot drew in the landing gear" "The cat retracted his claws"

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