Recant Re*cant" (r[-e]*k[a^]nt"), 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. [1913 Webster]

How soon . . . ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To retract; recall; revoke; abjure; disown; disavow. See {Renounce}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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