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 for Retracting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Retract \Re*tract"\ (r[-e]*tr[=a]kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Retracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Retracting.] [F. r['e]tracter,
     L. retractare, retractatum, to handle again, reconsider,
     retract, fr. retrahere, retractum, to draw back. See
     Retreat.]
     1. To draw back; to draw up or shorten; as, the cat can
        retract its claws; to retract a muscle.
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     2. To withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take
        back; as, to retract an accusation or an assertion.
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              I would as freely have retracted this charge of
              idolatry as I ever made it.           --Bp.
                                                    Stillingfleet.
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     3. To take back,, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to
        revoke. [Obs.] --Woodward.
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     Syn: To recall; withdraw; rescind; revoke; unsay; disavow;
          recant; abjure; disown.
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