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First attested in 1535, from Latin recantare, present active infinitive of recanto (to sing back, reecho, sing again, repeat in singing, recant, recall, revoke, charm back or away), from re- (back) + canto (to chant, to sing), frequentative of cano.

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recant (third-person singular simple present recants, present participle recanting, simple past and past participle recanted)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To withdraw or repudiate a statement or opinion formerly expressed, especially formally and publicly.
    Convince me that I am wrong, and I will recant.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      How soon [] ease would recant / Vows made in pain, as violent and void!

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