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retract

verb [I/T]  /rɪˈtrækt/ us  
to say publicly that you will not do something you had said you would do, or to admit that something that you had said was true is false: [T] She had to retract statements in published articles. To retract is also to pull something back or in: [T] The pilot retracted the landing gear soon after takeoff.
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