verb re·gret \ri-ˈgret\

: 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

transitive verb
a :  to mourn the loss or death of
b :  to miss very much
:  to be very sorry for <regrets his mistakes>
intransitive verb
:  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



: 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

:  sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one's control or power to repair
a :  an expression of distressing emotion (as sorrow)
b plural :  a note politely declining an invitation
re·gret·ful \-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



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