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recant

[ ri-kant ]
/ rɪˈkænt /
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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.

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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 FROM recant

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH recant

recant , recount
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British Dictionary definitions for recant

recant
/ (rɪˈkænt) /

verb

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

Derived forms of recant

recantation (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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