Definition of ret in English:

ret

(also rate)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Soak (flax or hemp) in water to soften it.

    ‘the flax has been retted and used as linen to produce the fabric’
    rate
    • ‘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.

Pronunciation:

ret

/rɛt/