Definition of ret in English:

ret

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Pronunciation: /rɛt
 
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(also rate)

verb (rets, retting, retted)

[with object]
  • Soak (flax or hemp) in water to soften it: the flax has been retted and used as linen to produce the fabric
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    • Under old methods, hemp was cut and allowed to lie in the fields for weeks until it retted enough so the fiber could be pulled off by hand.
    • Flax was grown in the country districts, ‘retted’ and ‘heckled’ in small ponds and mills, spun and woven in the single-storey ‘improved’ cottages of the villages.

Origin

late Middle English: related to Dutch reten, also to rot.

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