retractable

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/rɪˈtræktəbəl/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
re•tract1 /rɪˈtrækt/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to draw back or in: [+ object]A snake can retract its fangs.[no object]The wheels on the airplane don't retract.

re•tract2 /rɪˈtrækt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to withdraw (a statement, etc.) as wrong, unfair, etc., esp. formally;
    recant:retracted his remarks about his opponent.
re•tract•a•ble, re•tract•i•ble, adj.: the retractable landing gear.
re•trac•tion, n. [countable]issued a retraction for his foolish remarks.See -trac-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
re•tract1  (ri trakt),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to draw back or in:to retract fangs.

v.i. 
  1. to draw back within itself or oneself, fold up, or the like, or to be capable of doing this:The blade retracts.
  • Latin retractus, past participle of retrahere to draw back, equivalent. to re- re- + tractus (see tract1)
  • late Middle English retracten 1400–50

re•tract2  (ri trakt),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to withdraw (a statement, opinion, etc.) as inaccurate or unjustified, esp. formally or explicitly; take back.
  2. to withdraw or revoke (a decree, promise, etc.).

v.i. 
  1. to draw or shrink back.
  2. to withdraw a promise, vow, etc.
  3. to make a disavowal of a statement, opinion, etc.;
    recant.
re•tracta•ble, re•tracti•ble, adj. 
re•tract′a•bili•ty, re•tract′i•bili•ty, n. 
re•trac•ta•tion  (ri trakt),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Latin retractāre to reconsider, withdraw, equivalent. to re- re- + tractāre to drag, pull, take in hand (frequentative of trahere to pull)
  • 1535–45
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deny, renounce, recant, abrogate, nullify, annul.

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