What does the word retract mean?

Usage examples for retract

  1. " I daresay you mean very well, Markworth, but I don't retract what I said to you the other day. – Caught in a Trap by John C. Hutcheson
  2. I mentioned this to the First Consul, but nothing could make him retract his opinion. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton