verb re·cant \ri-ˈkant\

: to publicly say that you no longer have an opinion or belief that you once had

Full Definition of RECANT

transitive verb
:  to withdraw or repudiate (a statement or belief) formally and publicly :  renounce
:  revoke
intransitive verb
:  to make an open confession of error
re·can·ta·tion \ˌrē-ˌkan-ˈtā-shən\ noun

Examples of RECANT

  1. Church officials asked the minister to recant.
  2. Witnesses threatened to recant their testimony when the court released their names to the paper.

Origin of RECANT

Latin recantare, from re- + cantare to sing — more at chant
First Known Use: 1535


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