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English definition of “recant”

recant

verb [I or T]     /rɪˈkænt/ formal
to announce in public that your past beliefs or statements were wrong and that you no longer agree with them: After a year spent in solitary confinement, he publicly recanted (his views).Denying and contradicting recantation     /ˌriː.kænˈteɪ.ʃən/ noun [C or U]
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