|Origin:||, past participle of retrahere 'to pull back', from trahere 'to pull'|
if you retract something that you said or agreed, you say that you did not mean it [= withdraw]:
He confessed to the murder but later retracted his statement.
2 [intransitive and transitive]HBATEM
if part of a machine or an animal's body retracts or is retracted, it moves back into the main part:
The sea otter can retract the claws on its front feet.