Definitions for repentˈri pənt, rɪˈpɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to feel regretful or contrite for past conduct:

    to repent of an act.

  2. to be penitent for one's sins and seek to change one's life for the better.

  3. (v.t.)to remember with self-reproach or contrition:

    to repent one's angry words.

  4. to feel sorry for; regret:

    to repent a hasty marriage.

Origin of repent:

1250–1300; < OF repentir=re-re - +pentir to feel sorrow 蠐 L paenitēre to regret; see penitent


re•pentˈri pənt, rɪˈpɛnt(adj.)

  1. (of a plant) creeping or prostrate.

    Category: Botany

Origin of repent:

1660–70; < L rēpent-, s. of rēpēns, prp. of rēpere to crawl, creep

Princeton's WordNet

  1. repent, atone(verb)

    turn away from sin or do penitence

  2. repent, regret, rue(verb)

    feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. repent(verb)ˈri pənt, rɪˈpɛnt

    to be sorry for sth bad you have done, especially against your religion

    to repent your sins


  1. repent(Verb)

    To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for what one has done or omitted to do; the cause for repenting may be indicated with "of".

  2. repent(Verb)

    To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin.

  3. repent(Verb)

    To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.

  4. repent(Verb)

    To be sorry for, to regret.

    I repent my sins.

  5. repent(Verb)

    To cause to have sorrow or regret.

  6. repent(Verb)

    To cause (oneself) to feel pain or regret.

  7. Origin: From repentir, from re- + a late derivative of poenitere, alteration of paenitere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repent(adj)

    prostrate and rooting; -- said of stems

  2. Repent(adj)

    same as Reptant

  3. Repent(verb)

    to feel pain, sorrow, or regret, for what one has done or omitted to do

  4. Repent(verb)

    to change the mind, or the course of conduct, on account of regret or dissatisfaction

  5. Repent(verb)

    to be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin

  6. Repent(verb)

    to feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow

  7. Repent(verb)

    to feel regret or sorrow; -- used reflexively

  8. Repent(verb)

    to cause to have sorrow or regret; -- used impersonally

Translations for repent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(especially in religion) to be sorry for one's past sins.

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