used in Washington Square
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to take back; or to move back or in
in various senses, including:
- to take back something previously said — such as a promise or opinion
- to move back or in — such as an airplane's landing gear, or pulling your hand back after being burned
- in surgery, the use of a medical instrument to draw skin or an organ back out of the way
- She had told Morris Townsend that she would not mention him to her father, and she saw no reason to retract this vow of discretion.
Chapter 8 (3% in)
- Was it to startle her suddenly into a retractation—to take an advantage of her by dread?
Chapter 24 (48% in)
There are no more uses of "retract" in Washington Square.