Meaning of RECANT in English
v. 25B6; verb
he was forced to recant his political beliefs : RENOUNCE, disavow, deny, repudiate, renege on; formal forswear, abjure.
he refused to recant : CHANGE ONE'S MIND, be apostate; rare tergiversate.
he recanted his testimony : RETRACT, take back, withdraw.
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