Definitions for recantrɪˈkænt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), esp. formally; retract.
(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.)
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"
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.
Origin: First attested in 1535, from recantare, present active infinitive of recanto, from re- + canto, frequentative of cano.
to withdraw or repudiate formally and publicly (opinions formerly expressed); to contradict, as a former declaration; to take back openly; to retract; to recall
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