verb re·pent \ri-ˈpent\

: 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

intransitive verb
:  to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life
a :  to feel regret or contrition
b :  to change one's mind
transitive verb
:  to cause to feel regret or contrition
:  to feel sorrow, regret, or contrition for
re·pent·er noun

Examples of REPENT

  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


adjective re·pent \ˈrē-pənt\

Definition of REPENT

:  creeping, prostrate <repent stems>

Origin of REPENT

Latin repent-, repens, present participle of repere to creep — more at reptile
First Known Use: 1669
REPENTER Defined for Kids


verb re·pent \ri-ˈpent\

Definition of REPENT for Kids

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


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