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intr.v. re·pined, re·pin·ing, re·pines
1. To be discontented or low in spirits; complain or fret.
2. To yearn after something: Immigrants who repined for their homeland.

[Middle English repinen, to be aggrieved : re-, re- + pinen, to yearn; see pine2.]

re·pin′er n.


(intr) to be fretful or low-spirited through discontent
[C16: from re- + pine2]



v.i. -pined, -pin•ing.
1. to fret or complain.
2. to yearn for something.
[1520–30; appar. on the model of repent1]


Past participle: repined
Gerund: repining

I repine
you repine
he/she/it repines
we repine
you repine
they repine
I repined
you repined
he/she/it repined
we repined
you repined
they repined
Present Continuous
I am repining
you are repining
he/she/it is repining
we are repining
you are repining
they are repining
Present Perfect
I have repined
you have repined
he/she/it has repined
we have repined
you have repined
they have repined
Past Continuous
I was repining
you were repining
he/she/it was repining
we were repining
you were repining
they were repining
Past Perfect
I had repined
you had repined
he/she/it had repined
we had repined
you had repined
they had repined
I will repine
you will repine
he/she/it will repine
we will repine
you will repine
they will repine
Future Perfect
I will have repined
you will have repined
he/she/it will have repined
we will have repined
you will have repined
they will have repined
Future Continuous
I will be repining
you will be repining
he/she/it will be repining
we will be repining
you will be repining
they will be repining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been repining
you have been repining
he/she/it has been repining
we have been repining
you have been repining
they have been repining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been repining
you will have been repining
he/she/it will have been repining
we will have been repining
you will have been repining
they will have been repining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been repining
you had been repining
he/she/it had been repining
we had been repining
you had been repining
they had been repining
I would repine
you would repine
he/she/it would repine
we would repine
you would repine
they would repine
Past Conditional
I would have repined
you would have repined
he/she/it would have repined
we would have repined
you would have repined
they would have repined
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.repine - express discontent
kvetch, plain, quetch, complain, sound off, kick - express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"


[rɪˈpaɪn] VI (liter) → quejarse (at de) → afligirse (at por)


vi (liter)hadern (geh)(at, against mit)
References in classic literature ?
MY DEAREST MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH,--Are not you, my friend and benefactor, just a little ashamed to repine and give way to such despondency?
Bennet still continued to wonder and repine at his returning no more, and though a day seldom passed in which Elizabeth did not account for it clearly, there was little chance of her ever considering it with less perplexity.
But of this the charming girl never thought; she lived more for her grandmother than for herself, and so long as that venerated relative, almost the only one that remained to her on earth, did not suffer or repine, she herself could be comparatively happy.
Our travellers now walked so fast, that they had very little time or breath for conversation; Jones meditating all the way on Sophia, and Partridge on the bank-bill, which, though it gave him some pleasure, caused him at the same time to repine at fortune, which, in all his walks, had never given him such an opportunity of showing his honesty.
In all this long pursuit, I never heard him repine; I never heard him say he was fatigued, or out of heart.
And so I ceased to repine for the wound I had made in the heart of Semiramis Wilcox.
For the young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without any recompense....
Darcy must have such extraordinary sources of happiness necessarily attached to her situation, that she could, upon the whole, have no cause to repine" (Austen, 394).
They say the party legislators from South Punjab genuinely repine over lack of basic facilities below the minimum standard in their region.
Repine et al., "Early effect of tidal volume on lung injury biomarkers in surgical patients with healthy lungs," Anesthesiology, vol.
Su coleccion incluyo tambien iconos bizantinos extraordinarios, y como mecenas patrocino a creadores como Ilia Repine, el artista emblematico de finales del siglo XIX, y Vasili Perov.
At this booke, the grauer and greater sorte repine, as thinking it not so pleasant to some, as preiudiciall to many, crossing it with such bitter inuectiues, that they condemne the Author almost for an Atheist.