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Multiple Meanings

The cat retracted her claws.
to move back or in — such as an airplane’s landing gear


to take back something previously said — such as a promise or opinion

A comprehensive dictionary will have less common meanings of retract — such as:
  • surgery: use of a medical instrument to draw skin or an organ back out of the way
  • phonetics:  change the sound of a vowel by pulling the tongue back
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