Simple Definition of repent
: to feel or show that you are sorry for something bad or wrong that you did and that you want to do what is right
Full Definition of repent
1 : to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life
2 a : to feel regret or contrition b : to change one's mind
1 : to cause to feel regret or contrition
2 : to feel sorrow, regret, or contrition for
Examples of repent
The preacher told us that we would be forgiven for our sins if we repented.
criminals who have repented for their crimes
The preacher told us that we would be forgiven if we repented our sins.
Origin of repent
Middle English, from Anglo-French repentir, from Medieval Latin repoenitēre, from Latin re- + Late Latin poenitēre to feel regret, alteration of Latin paenitēre — more at penitent
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with repent
absent, accent, Advent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, besprent, cement, comment, consent, content, convent, descent, detent, dissent, docent, event, extent, ferment, foment, fragment, frequent, hell-bent, indent, intent, invent, lament, loment, low-rent, mordent, outspent, percent, pigment, portent, present, prevent, pup tent, quitrent, rack-rent, relent, resent, segment, Shymkent, Tashkent, torment, well-meant, wisent
Origin of repent
Latin repent-, repens, present participle of repere to creep — more at reptile
First Known Use: 1669
REPENT Defined for Kids
Definition of repent
: to acknowledge regret for having done something wrong <“Repent. Say that you are sorry …” — Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up repent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).