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English verb: resile

1. resile (social) pull out from an agreement, contract, statement, etc.

SamplesThe landlord cannot resile from the lease.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)back down, back off, bow out, chicken out, pull out

2. resile (motion) spring back; spring away from an impact

SamplesThe rubber ball bounced.
These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide.

Synonymsbounce, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)bound, jump, leap, spring

Narrower (hyponym)bound off, carom, kick, kick back, recoil, skip

3. resile (communication) formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

SamplesHe retracted his earlier statements about his religion.
She abjured her beliefs.

Synonymsabjure, forswear, recant, retract

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disown, renounce, repudiate

4. resile (change) return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed

SamplesThe rubber tubes resile.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)regress, retrovert, return, revert, turn back

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