verb (used with object)

to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), especially formally; retract.

verb (used without object)

to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc., especially formally.

Nearby words

  1. recalescence,
  2. recalibrate,
  3. recall,
  4. recamier,
  5. recanalization,
  6. recantation,
  7. recap,
  8. recapitalization,
  9. recapitalize,
  10. recapitulate

Origin of recant

1525–35; < Latin recantāre to sing back, sing again, equivalent to re- re- + cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing; cf. chant

Related forms
Can be confusedrecant recount Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recant



to repudiate or withdraw (a former belief or statement), esp formally in public
Derived Formsrecantation (ˌriːkænˈteɪʃən), nounrecanter, noun

Word Origin for recant

C16: from Latin recantāre to sing again, from re- + cantāre to sing; see chant

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Word Origin and History for recant



1530s, from Latin recantare "recall, revoke," from re- "back" (see re-) + cantare "to chant" (see chant (v.)). A word from the Reformation. Loan-translation of Greek palinoidein "recant," from palin "back" + oeidein "to sing." Related: Recanted; recanting.

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