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withdraw or disavow; revoke, rescind, deny: He recanted his confession.
v. re·cant·ed, re·cant·ing, re·cants
To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself).
To make a formal retraction or disavowal of a previously held statement or belief.
[Latin recantāre : re-, re- + cantāre, to sing, frequentative of canere; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
re′can·ta′tion (rē′kăn-tā′shən) n.
to repudiate or withdraw (a former belief or statement), esp formally in public
[C16: from Latin recantāre to sing again, from re- + cantāre to sing; see chant]
1. to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), esp. formally; retract.v.i.
2. to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc.
[1525–35; < Latin recantāre to sing again]
re•can•ta•tion (ˌri kænˈteɪ ʃən) n.
recant- Can mean "sing again"; its usual meaning stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught.
See also related terms for taught.
Past participle: recanted
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|Verb||1.||recant - formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"|