Etymology: There seems to be considerable difference of opinion about the derivation of repent. Most sources trace it back to French repentir, from prefix re-, again + Latin poenitere, related to poena, pain. It seems to be unrelated to French penser, think, which comes from pensare, weigh out.
- (intransitive) To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for what one has done or omitted to do.
- (intransitive) To change one's mind, or the course of conduct, on account of regret or dissatisfaction.
- (transitive) To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.
- (transitive) To cause to have sorrow or regret.
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