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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·tract /rɪˈtrækt/
 (vt.)(vi.)縮回,收回,取消,撤消

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 re·tract /rɪˈtrækt/ 及物動詞
 縮回,收縮

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·tract, n. Far. The pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 retract
      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
         back]
      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
         in]