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1rue

noun \ˈrü\

Definition of RUE

:  regret, sorrow <with rue my heart is laden — A. E. Housman>

Origin of RUE

Middle English rewe, from Old English hrēow; akin to Old High German hriuwa sorrow
First Known Use: before 12th century

2rue

verb

: to feel sorrow or regret for (something)

ruedru·ing

Full Definition of RUE

transitive verb
:  to feel penitence, remorse, or regret for
intransitive verb
:  to feel sorrow, remorse, or regret

Examples of RUE

  1. He must be ruing his decision now.
  2. <I rue the day I agreed to this stupid plan.>

First Known Use of RUE

12th century

3rue

noun

Definition of RUE

:  a European strong-scented perennial woody herb (Ruta graveolens of the family Rutaceae, the rue family) that has bitter leaves used medicinally

Origin of RUE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin ruta, from Greek rhytē
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil
RUING Defined for Kids

rue

verb \ˈrü\
ruedru·ing

Definition of RUE for Kids

:  to feel sorrow or regret for <You'll rue the day you crossed me.>
Medical Dictionary

rue

noun \ˈrü\

Medical Definition of RUE

:  a strong-scented perennial woody herb (Ruta graveolens of the family Rutaceae, the rue family) that has bitter leaves used in medicine

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