retract Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"retract" in British English

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uk   us   /rɪˈtrækt/ formal
[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, he retracted his allegations. [I or T] to ​pull something back or in: The ​wheels retract after the ​aircrafttakes off. The ​cat retracted ​itsclaws.
adjective uk   us   /-ˈtræk.tə.bl̩/
Cats have retractable ​claws.
noun [C] uk   us   /-ˈtræk.ʃən/
The ​newspaperprinted a retraction for ​theirpreviouserror.
(Definition of retract from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"retract" in American English

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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 ​publishedarticles. To retract is also to ​pull something back or in: [T] The ​pilot retracted the ​landinggearsoon 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)
Translations of “retract”
in Spanish retraer, encoger…
in Vietnamese thụt vào…
in Malaysian masuk ke dalam…
in Thai หดกลับ…
in French rétracter…
in German einziehen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 撤销, 撤回, 收回…
in Turkish söylediğini geri almak, caymak, dönmek…
in Russian брать назад (слова и т. д.), отрекаться…
in Indonesian menarik masuk…
in Chinese (Traditional) 撤銷, 撤回, 收回…
in Polish odwołać, wycofać…
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