Synonyms for retract

Synonyms for (verb) retract

Synonyms: recant, resile, retract, abjure, forswear

Definition: formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

Usage: He retracted his earlier statements about his religion; She abjured her beliefs

Similar words: disown, renounce, repudiate

Definition: cast off

Usage: She renounced her husband; The parents repudiated their son

Synonyms: retract, draw in

Definition: pull inward or towards a center

Usage: The pilot drew in the landing gear; The cat retracted his claws

Similar words: draw, draw in, pull, pull in, attract

Definition: direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

Usage: Her good looks attract the stares of many men; The ad pulled in many potential customers; This pianist pulls huge crowds; The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers

Synonyms: pull back, retract, draw back

Definition: use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)

Similar words: pull

Definition: apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

Usage: Pull the rope; Pull the handle towards you; pull the string gently; pull the trigger of the gun; pull your knees towards your chin

Synonyms: retract, shrink back

Definition: pull away from a source of disgust or fear

Similar words: cringe, wince, squinch, shrink, flinch, funk, quail, recoil

Definition: draw back, as with fear or pain

Usage: she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf

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