Definitions for recantrɪˈkænt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), esp. formally; retract.

  2. (v.i.)to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc.

Origin of recant:

1525–35; < L recantāre to sing again

re•can•ta•tionˌri kænˈteɪ ʃən(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abjure, recant, forswear, retract, resile(verb)

    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

    "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"


  1. recant(Verb)

    To withdraw from or repudiate a statement or opinion formerly expressed, especially formally and publicly.

    Convince me that I am wrong, and I will recant.

  2. Origin: First attested in 1535, from recantare, present active infinitive of recanto, from re- + canto, frequentative of cano.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recant(verb)

    to withdraw or repudiate formally and publicly (opinions formerly expressed); to contradict, as a former declaration; to take back openly; to retract; to recall

  2. Recant(verb)

    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

Anagrams of recant

  1. canter, carnet, centra, Cretan, nectar, trance

  2. Carnet

  3. Centra

  4. Cretan

  5. Nectar


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