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recant

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Religion
recantre‧cant /rɪˈkænt/ verb [intransitive, transitive]  formalPPPRR to say publicly that you no longer have a political or religious belief that you had beforerecantation /ˌriːkænˈteɪʃən/ noun [countable, uncountable]
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Examples from the Corpus
recantDuring the Moscow Show Trials in the 1930s, prisoners were forced to publicly recant.They blindfolded Mrs Dyer, roped her neck, and expected her to recant.If Amanda Johnston were to recant, and announce that the affair began in school, Woodhead's career would be finished.McNamara did not recant at the meeting nor did he apologize.She also testified that Irvin had terrorized her in an effort to make her recant her testimony against him.Galileo was forced to recant his belief in the Copernican theory.The magistrate Maximus offered Quirnus the position of priest to Jupiter if he would recant his faith.After the Reformation, many Catholics recanted to avoid punishment.Giulio Cesare Vanini, one of the most outspoken atheists of his time but who did not recant, was less fortunate.
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Verb table
recant
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyrecant
he, she, itrecants
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyrecanted
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave recanted
he, she, ithas recanted
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad recanted
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill recant
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have recanted
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam recanting
he, she, itis recanting
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you, we, theyare recanting
Past
I, he, she, itwas recanting
you, we, theywere recanting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been recanting
he, she, ithas been recanting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been recanting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be recanting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been recanting
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