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  1. : recoil, retract especially : to return to a prior position resile from an agreement Did you know? Resile is a resilient word: it's been in use in English since the early 1500s. It's also a cousin of resilient, and both words derive from the Latin verb resilire, which means "to jump back" or "recoil."

  2. re·sile 1. To spring back, especially to resume a former position or structure after being stretched or compressed. 2. To draw back; recoil.

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  4. verb (used without object), re·siled, re·sil·ing. to spring back; rebound; resume the original form or position, as an elastic body. to shrink back; recoil.

  5. Princeton's WordNet (5.00 / 1 vote) Rate this definition: resile verb. pull out from an agreement, contract, statement, etc. "The landlord cannot resile from the lease". bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet verb. spring back; spring away from an impact. "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide".

  6. resile in American English. (rɪˈzail) intransitive verb Word forms: -siled, -siling. 1. to spring back; rebound; resume the original form or position, as an elastic body. 2. to shrink back; recoil. Most material © 2005, 1997, 1991 by Penguin Random House LLC.

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