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Meaning of RECANT

Pronunciation:  ree'kant

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"

RECANT is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: abjure, forswear, resile, retract
 See Also: renounce, repudiate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*cant"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Recanted}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Recanting}.] [L. recantare, recantatum, to recall,
    recant; pref. re- re- + cantare to sing, to sound. See 3d
    {Cant}, {Chant}.]
    To withdraw or repudiate formally and publicly (opinions
    formerly expressed); to contradict, as a former declaration;
    to take back openly; to retract; to recall.
          How soon . . . ease would recant Vows made in pain, as
          violent and void!                        --Milton.
    Syn: To retract; recall; revoke; abjure; disown; disavow. See
  2. \Re*cant"\, v. i.
    To revoke a declaration or proposition; to unsay what has
    been said; to retract; as, convince me that I am wrong, and I
    will recant. --Dryden.