Definition of repent verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

repent

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈpent//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpent//
 
[intransitive, transitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repent
BrE BrE//rɪˈpent//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpent//
 
he / she / it repents
BrE BrE//rɪˈpents//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpents//
 
past simple repented
BrE BrE//rɪˈpentɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpentɪd//
 
past participle repented
BrE BrE//rɪˈpentɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpentɪd//
 
-ing form repenting
BrE BrE//rɪˈpentɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpentɪŋ//
 
 
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to feel and show that you are sorry for something bad or wrong that you have done God welcomes the sinner who repents. repent of something She had repented of what she had done. repent something He came to repent his hasty decision (= wished he had not taken it). Wordfinderamends, apologize, ashamed, embarrassed, forgive, regret, remorse, repent, sorry, sympathy Word Origin Middle English: from Old French repentir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + pentir (based on Latin paenitere ‘cause to repent’).Extra examples I will spend the rest of my life trying to repent for my actions. In order to be saved one must truly repent. She bitterly repented what she had done. She has repented of her sins.
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