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Meaning of REPENT

Pronunciation:  ri'pent

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
  2. [v]  turn away from sin or do penitence

REPENT is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: atone, regret, rue
 See Also: experience, feel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re"pent\ (r?"p?nt), a. [L. repens, -entis, creeping, p.
    pr. of repere to creep.]
    1. (Bot.) Prostrate and rooting; -- said of stems. --Gray.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Reptant}.
  2. \Re*pent"\ (r?-p?nt"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Repented}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Repenting}.] [F. se repentir; L. pref. re- re-
    + poenitere to make repent, poenitet me it repents me, I
    repent. See {Penitent}.]
    1. To feel pain, sorrow, or regret, for what one has done or
       omitted to do.
             First she relents With pity; of that pity then
             repents.                              --Dryden.
    2. To change the mind, or the course of conduct, on account
       of regret or dissatisfaction.
             Lest, peradventure, the people repent when they see
             war, and they return to Egypt.        --Ex. xiii.
    3. (Theol.) To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek
       forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin.
             Except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish. --Luke
                                                   xii. 3.
  3. \Re*pent"\, v. t.
    1. To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.
             I do repent it from my very soul.     --Shak.
    2. To feel regret or sorrow; -- used reflexively.
             My father has repented him ere now.   --Dryden.
    3. To cause to have sorrow or regret; -- used impersonally.
       [Archaic] ``And it repented the Lord that he had made man
       on the earth.'' --Gen. vi. 6.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Said of a stem that is prostrate and rooting at the nodes.