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Definition of recant:

  1. 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.
  2. To withdraw or repudiate formally and publicly ( opinions formerly expressed); to contradict, as a former declaration; to take back openly; to retract; to recall.

Synonyms:

discontinue, bound, abnegate, disown, leave, shrink back, withdraw from, deny, contradict, renounce, nullify, unsay, repeal, depart from, bounce, cease, abjure, annul, pull back, rebound, be of another mind, forsake, relinquish, recoil, rescind, forswear, spring, resile, take a hop, countermand, surrender, cast off, accept, back out, disavow, retract, quit, abnegate, draw in, eat crow, forego, cancel, retire from, desert, ricochet, vacate, abandon, abrogate, give up, take back, resign, void, repudiate, cede, back down, take back, reverberate, eat humble pie, draw back, disclaim, abdicate, call back.

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