- (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".
- Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Luke 17:1–4:
- Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
- (theology, intransitive) To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to practice sin and to love.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Acts 2:38–40:
- Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
- (transitive) To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.
- (transitive) To be sorry for, to regret.
- I repent my sins.
- (archaic, transitive) To cause to have sorrow or regret.
- a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book VII, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034:
- at that time she wolde nat, she seyde, for she was syke and myght nat ryde. "That me repentith," seyde the kynge […].
- (obsolete, reflexive) To cause (oneself) to feel pain or regret.
to feel sorrow or regret for what one has done or omitted to do
theology: to be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness
to feel pain on account of, to remember with sorrow
to feel sorry for, to regret
to cause to have sorrow or regret
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- repent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- repent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.