recantverb [ I or T ]uk /rɪˈkænt/ us /rɪˈkænt/ formal
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noun [ C or U ] uk /ˌriː.kænˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌriː.kænˈteɪ.ʃən/
(Definition of “recant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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