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repent

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verb re·pent \ri-ˈpent\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of repent

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life

  3. 2 a :  to feel regret or contrition b :  to change one's mind

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to feel regret or contrition

  6. 2 :  to feel sorrow, regret, or contrition for

repenter noun

Examples of repent in a sentence

  1. The preacher told us that we would be forgiven for our sins if we repented.

  2. criminals who have repented for their crimes

  3. 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


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repent

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adjective re·pent \ˈrē-pənt\

Definition of repent

  1. :  creeping, prostrate <repent stems>



Origin of repent

Latin repent-, repens, present participle of repere to creep — more at reptile


First Known Use: 1669


REPENT Defined for Kids

repent

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verb re·pent \ri-ˈpent\

Definition of repent for Students

repentedrepenting

  1. :  to acknowledge regret for having done something wrong <“Repent. Say that you are sorry …” — Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux>





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