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retract

re·tract

retract

 
 
pronunciation:
rih traekt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: retracted, retracting, retracts
definition 1: to pull back in.
The tortoise retracted its head into its shell.
antonyms:
extend, protrude, stretch
similar words:
recant
definition 2: to take back (something said or written) as incorrect or regretted.
antonyms:
advance, extend
similar words:
swallow, take back, withdraw
definition 3: to cancel (a right, contract, or the like); revoke.
antonyms:
establish
similar words:
abjure, abolish, abrogate, negate, rescind, revoke
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to pull back; withdraw.
antonyms:
advance
similar words:
fold
definition 2: to take back a statement or other expression.
definition 3: to revoke a right, contract, or the like.
derivations: retractable (retractible) (adj.), retractability (retractibility) (n.)
Word Parts
The word retract contains the following parts:
re- Latin prefix that means again; back or back again
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The prefix re- occurs in verbs that are Latin loanwords, where it can mean "again" (revise ) or "back again" (reflect ). It also attaches to English verbs (replay , rewind) with both meanings. Any verb can be prefixed by "re- " to indicate that an action is repeated. No hyphen is necessary unless the word formed is identical to an existing word (re-sign the document, but resign from a job).