1. [ verb ] pull back or move away or backward
Synonyms: retreat withdraw move_back recede retire pull_back pull_away

"The enemy withdrew" "The limo pulled away from the curb"

Related terms: travel back_up recede retreat withdrawal
2. [ verb ] (surgery) use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
Synonyms: retract pull_back
Related terms: pull retractor
Similar spelling:   drawback