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retract

verb uk   /rɪˈtrækt/ formal us  
[T] to take back an offer or statement, etc. or admit that a statement was false: retract an invitation/confession/promise When questioned on TV, the minister retracted his allegations. [I or T] to pull something back or in: The wheels retract after the aircraft takes off. The cat retracted its claws.
retractable
adjective uk   /-ˈtræk.tə.bl̩/ us  
Cats have retractable claws.
retraction
noun [C] uk   /-ˈtræk.ʃən/ us  
The newspaper printed a retraction for their previous error.
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