"retract" in the verb sense
1. abjure, recant, forswear, retract, resile
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
"He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"
"She abjured her beliefs"
2. shrink back, retract
pull away from a source of disgust or fear
3. retract, pull back, draw back
use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
4. draw in, retract
pull inward or towards a center
"The pilot drew in the landing gear"
"The cat retracted his claws"
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