To draw back; to draw up or shorten; as, the cat can retract its claws; to retract a muscle.
- To take back; disavow: refused to retract the statement.
- To draw back or in: a plane retracting its landing gear. See Synonyms at recede1.
- Linguistics To utter (a sound) with the tongue drawn back.
- Linguistics To draw back (the tongue).
- To take something back or disavow it.
- To draw back.