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"retract" in British English

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retractverb

uk   /rɪˈtrækt/  us   /rɪˈtrækt/ formal
retractable
adjective uk   /rɪˈtræk.tə.bəl/  us   /rɪˈtræk.tə.bəl/
Cats have retractable claws.
retraction
noun [C] uk   /rɪˈtræk.ʃən/  us   /rɪˈtræk.ʃən/
The newspaper printed a retraction for their previous error.
(Definition of retract from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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retractverb [I/T]

 us   /rɪˈtrækt/
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.
(Definition of retract from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"retract" in Business English

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retractverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈtrækt/
to take back an offer or statement, etc. or admit that a statement was false: retract a statement/comment/decision A political uproar followed, and he quickly retracted his comments.retract an offer/a bid The EPA then retracted the offer with little explanation. retract an endorsement/accusation/criticism
(Definition of retract from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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