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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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : drawn back and in; "a cat with retracted claws"