Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “repent”


verb [I]     /rɪˈpent/ formal
to be very sorry for something bad you have done in the past and wish that you had not done it: He repented (of his sins ) just hours before he died .Sadness and regretMaking and accepting apologies repentance     /-ˈpen.təns/ noun [U] This was an extremely violent crime , for which the boy showed no repentance.Sadness and regretMaking and accepting apologies
(Definition of repent verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of repent

Definitions of “repent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a good knowledge of something, or the fact that you know it so well

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More