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verb re·gret \ri-ˈgret\

Simple Definition of regret

  • : to feel sad or sorry about (something that you did or did not do) : to have regrets about (something)

  • —used formally and in writing to express sad feelings about something that is disappointing or unpleasant

Full Definition of regret


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to mourn the loss or death of b :  to miss very much

  3. 2 :  to be very sorry for <regrets his mistakes>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to experience regret

re·gret·ter noun

Examples of regret

  1. Don't say anything you might regret later.

  2. I deeply regret what I said.

  3. She does not regret leaving him.

  4. He regrets not traveling more when he was younger.

  5. He says he doesn't regret anything that he's done in his life.

Origin of regret

Middle English regretten, from Anglo-French regreter, from re- + -greter (perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse grāta to weep) — more at greet

First Known Use: 14th century



noun re·gret

Simple Definition of regret

  • : a feeling of sadness or disappointment about something that you did or did not do

  • regrets : a statement saying politely that you will not be able to go to a meeting, party, etc.

Full Definition of regret

  1. 1 :  sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one's control or power to repair

  2. 2 a :  an expression of distressing emotion (as sorrow) b plural :  a note politely declining an invitation

re·gret·ful play \-ˈgret-fəl\ adjective
re·gret·ful·ness noun

Examples of regret

  1. She has no regrets about leaving him.

  2. My greatest regret is not going to college.

  3. To my regret, I never visited Europe.

  4. It is with deep regret that he is announcing his resignation.

  5. My coworker gives her regrets for not being able to attend the meeting.


First Known Use of regret


Synonym Discussion of regret

sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, regret mean distress of mind. sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse <a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death>. grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause <the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents>. anguish suggests torturing grief or dread <the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child>. woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery <cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city>. regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse <nagging regret for missed opportunities>.

REGRETFUL Defined for Kids


adjective re·gret·ful \ri-ˈgret-fəl\

Definition of regretful

  1. :  feeling or showing regret

re·gret·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb <I regretfully had to leave.>

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