What does repent mean?

Definitions for repentˈri pənt, rɪˈpɛnt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word repent.

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


  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

  9. Origin: [L. repens, -entis, creeping, p. pr. of repere to creep.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Repent

    rē-pent′, v.i. to regret or sorrow for what one has done or left undone: to change from past evil: (theol.) to feel such sorrow for sin as produces newness of life.—v.t. to remember with sorrow—often used impersonally, as 'it repenteth me.'—adj. Repent′able.—n. Repent′ance, sorrow for what has been done or left undone: contrition for sin, producing newness of life.—adj. Repent′ant, repenting or sorry for past conduct: showing sorrow for sin.—n. a penitent.—adv. Repent′antly.—n. Repent′er.—adv. Repent′ingly.—adj. Repent′less. [O. Fr. repentirre-, and O. Fr. pentir—L. pœnitēre, to cause to repent.]

  2. Repent

    rē′pent, adj. (bot.) creeping. [L. repĕre, to creep.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jesus Christ:

    Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

  2. Benjamin Franklin:

    To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.

  3. Molière:

    We often marry in despair, so that we repent of it all our life after.

  4. Bob Dylan:

    People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.

  5. Father Josiah Trenham:

    Pray that these provocative young men might repent of their intimidation and be saved.

Images & Illustrations of repent

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