Meaning of “retract” in the English Dictionary

"retract" in English

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uk /rɪˈtrækt/ us /rɪˈtrækt/ formal
adjective uk /rɪˈtræk.tə.bəl/ us /rɪˈtræk.tə.bəl/

Cats have retractable claws.
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)

"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 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 /rɪˈtrækt/ us

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)