|1.||[ verb ] formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure|
|Synonyms:||forswear recant resile abjure|
"He retracted his earlier statements about his religion" "She abjured her beliefs"
|Related terms:||renounce retraction|
|2.||[ verb ] (surgery) use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)|
|Related terms:||pull retractor|
|3.||[ verb ] pull away from a source of disgust or fear|
|4.||[ verb ] pull inward or towards a center|
"The pilot drew in the landing gear" "The cat retracted his claws"
|Related terms:||attract attract invaginate attract retraction|