- To recant is to publicly take back something you said or to state that you no longer believe something in which you once believed.
When you say that you no longer hold the religious beliefs you did in the past, this is an example of a situation where you recant.
recant definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin recantare ; from re-, back, again plush cantare, frequentative of canere, to sing: see chant
recant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb re·cant·ed, re·cant·ing, re·cants verb, transitive
Origin: Latin recantāre : re-, re- + cantāre, to sing, frequentative of canere; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
- reˌcan·taˈtion noun
- re·cantˈer noun