To recant is to publicly take back something you said or to state that you no longer believe something in which you once believed.verb
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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: L recantare < re-, back, again + cantare, freq. of canere, to sing: see chant
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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