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English definition of “repent”

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
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