re·tract /rɪˈtrækt/ 及物動詞
Re·tract v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Retracting.]
1. To draw back; to draw up or shorten; as, the cat can retract its claws; to retract a muscle.
2. To withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take back; as, to retract an accusation or an assertion.
I would as freely have retracted this charge of idolatry as I ever made it. --Bp. Stillingfleet.
3. To take back,, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to revoke. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To recall; withdraw; rescind; revoke; unsay; disavow; recant; abjure; disown.
Re·tract, v. i.
1. To draw back; to draw up; as, muscles retract after amputation.
2. To take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession or a declaration.
She will, and she will not; she grants, denies,
Consents, retracts, advances, and then files. --Granville.
Re·tract, n. Far. The pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe.
v 1: formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually
under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements
about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs" [syn: abjure,
recant, forswear, resile]
2: pull away from a source of disgust or fear [syn: shrink
3: use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound
or an organ) [syn: pull back, draw back]
4: pull inward or towards a center; "The pilot drew in the
landing gear"; "The cat retracted his claws" [syn: draw