[ ri-kant ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), especially formally; retract.

verb (used without object)
  1. to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc., especially formally.

Origin of recant

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

Other words for recant

Other words from recant

  • re·can·ta·tion [ree-kan-tey-shuhn], /ˌri kænˈteɪ ʃən/, noun
  • re·cant·er, noun
  • re·cant·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·re·cant·ed, adjective
  • un·re·cant·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with recant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use recant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for recant


/ (rɪˈkænt) /

  1. to repudiate or withdraw (a former belief or statement), esp formally in public

Origin of recant

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

Derived forms of recant

  • recantation (ˌriːkænˈteɪʃən), noun
  • recanter, noun

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