Definition of recant in English:

recant

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Say that one no longer holds an opinion or belief, especially one considered heretical:

    ‘heretics were burned if they would not recant’
    [with object] ‘Galileo was forced to recant his assertion that the earth orbited the sun’
    • ‘He admitted his role in the kidnapping during his first court appearance on February 14 but later recanted.’
    • ‘Right after saying this, he was taken indoors and told to recant, which he did publicly, an act of humiliation that reinforced his earlier comment.’
    • ‘He could think of nothing he had ever written that he would not eagerly recant.’
    • ‘It reminds me a little bit of the Welsh side of my family who a generation back refused to learn Welsh or take Welsh culture seriously, and are now recanting.’
    • ‘He is getting crosser and crosser with Sir John for failing to recant.’
    • ‘This woman received over 100 phone calls a day, urging her to recant.’
    • ‘But not one of Jesus's early disciples who believed that they had met Jesus after the resurrection ever recanted.’
    • ‘Given the choice to recant, martyrs chose instead to face their murderers and stand in witness to their beliefs.’
    • ‘Court documents and medical records indicate that she would say she was suicidal or that her father beat her, and then she would recant.’
    • ‘He may have recanted on the hard-line economics, but people here still regard him as one of the leaders of the English party.’
    • ‘It is possible that at the approach of senescence he may recant, forgive his enemies, make his peace with the world and become a benevolent father to his nation.’
    • ‘Again I think you spoke in haste, and I hereby give you the opportunity to recant.’
    • ‘And I don't think he has worked with her, ever, so I recant what I said before.’
    • ‘The fact that he recanted in time to not lie under oath should, in fact, have reflected well on him.’
    • ‘If they had any sense of decency they would recant and resign.’
    • ‘So far he has failed to recant on his support for the war, despite the absence of those weapons.’
    • ‘He initially backed them up but later recanted, telling prosecutors there was no agreement.’
    • ‘To his credit, he was quick to recant, offering an unconditional apology.’
    • ‘Galileo Galilei, the most prominent of these, was jailed and forced to recant that the earth revolved around the sun.’
    • ‘Some of their key witnesses are dead, others are badly discredited and still others have recanted.’
    retract, take back, withdraw, disclaim, disown, recall, unsay
    renounce, forswear, disavow, deny, repudiate, renege on, abjure, relinquish, abandon
    change one's mind, be apostate, defect, renege
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin recantare revoke, from re- (expressing reversal) + cantare sing, chant.

Pronunciation:

recant

/rɪˈkant/