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re·pent / riˈpent/ • v. [intr.] feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin: the priest urged his listeners to repent he repented of his action. ∎  [tr.] view or think of (an action or omission) with deep regret or remorse: Marian came to repent her hasty judgment. ∎  (repent oneself) archaic feel regret or penitence about: I repent me of all I did.DERIVATIVES: re·pent·ance / riˈpentns/·pent·ant / riˈpentnt/·pent·er n.