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retract

verb     /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, the minister retracted his allegations.Admitting and confessing [I or T] to pull something back or in: The wheels retract after the aircraft takes off. The cat retracted its claws.Pulling retractable     /-ˈtræk.tə.bl̩/ adjective Cats have retractable claws.Pulling retraction     /-ˈtræk.ʃən/ noun [C] The newspaper printed a retraction for their previous error.Admitting and confessing
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