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Adjective: retracted  ri'trak-tid
  1. Drawn back and in
    "a cat with retracted claws"
Verb: retract  ri'trakt
  1. Formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
    "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion";
    - abjure, recant, forswear, resile
     
  2. Pull away from a source of disgust or fear
    - shrink back
     
  3. Use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
    - pull back, draw back
     
  4. Pull inward or towards a centre
    "The cat retracted his claws";
    - draw in

See also: backward

Type of: attract, blench, cringe, disown, draw, draw in, flinch, funk, pull, pull in, quail, recoil, renounce, repudiate, shrink, squinch, wince

Encyclopedia: Retracted

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