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repine (ri-PYN) verb intr.

1. To feel discontent; to fret.

2. To yearn for something.

[From re- + pine, from Middle English, from Old English pinian (to suffer). Ultimately from Indo-European root k(w)ei- that's also the source of words such as pain, penal, punish, impunity, and subpoena.]

See more usage examples of repine in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"The rest of her life was to be spent in a wheelchair. She did not repine." Elisabeth Sheppard-Jones; The Times (London, UK); Mar 4, 2004.

"But Oswald was a patient man and he never murmured or repined." John Gould; With Hannah, Oswald Didn't Need a Telephone; Christian Science Monitor (Boston, Massachusetts); Aug 28, 1998.


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