(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. withdraw, take back, renounce, retract, disavow, repudiate. See penitence, nullification
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. retract, revoke, renounce, disavow, disclaim, abjure, deny, take back, cancel, back down, back out, withdraw, rescind, abrogate, forswear, contradict, repudiate, abnegate, annul, void, countermand, recall, call back, disown, unsay, nullify, repeal, draw in one's horns*, eat crow*, be of another mind*, eat humble pie*, eat one's words*, eat one's hat*; see also abandon 1 .
Ant. acknowledge*, maintain, proclaim.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
[ri KANT]
to take back statements formerly made.
He recanted his story in view of the overwhelming evidence against him.
SYN.: take back, withdraw, disavow, retract, back down, disclaim, recall, *eat one's words, reverse, revoke.
ANT.: acknowledge, confirm, *own up, admit
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To disavow (something previously written or said) irrevocably and usually formally: abjure, recall, retract, take back, withdraw. See ACCEPT.

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