RETRACT', verb transitive [Latin retractus, retraho; re and traho, to draw.]
1. To recall, as a declaration, words or saying; to disavow; to recant; as, to retract an accusation, charge or assertion.
I would as freely have retracted the charge of idolatry, as I ever made it.
2. To take back; to rescind. [Little used.]
3. To draw back, as claws.
RETRACT', verb transitive To take back; to unsay; to withdraw concession or declaration.
She will, and she will not; she grants, denies, consents, retracts, advances, and then flies.
RETRACT', noun Among horsemen, the prick of a horse's foot in nailing a shoe.