repent

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Etymology 1[edit]

From French repentir, from re- + a late derivative of Latin poenitere (be penitent), alteration of Latin paenitere.

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repent (third-person singular simple present repents, present participle repenting, simple past and past participle repented)

  1. (intransitive) 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. (theology, intransitive) To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to practice sin and to love.
    If you're a true Muslim, you should repent to Allah.
  3. (transitive) To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.
  4. (transitive) To be sorry for, to regret.
    I repent my sins.
  5. (archaic, transitive) To cause to have sorrow or regret.
  6. (obsolete, reflexive) To cause (oneself) to feel pain or regret.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin rēpō (I creep).

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repent

  1. (chiefly botany) Creeping along the ground.
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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

repent

  1. third-person singular present indicative of repentir

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Verb[edit]

rēpent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of rēpō