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regret

verb re·gret \ ri-ˈgret \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of regret

regretted; regretting
transitive verb
1 a : to mourn the loss or death of
b : to miss very much
2 : to be very sorry for
  • regrets his mistakes
intransitive verb
: to experience regret

regretter

noun

Examples of regret in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of regret from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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

regret Synonyms

Synonyms
bemoan, deplore, lament, repent, rue
Related Words
ache (for), bewail, grieve (for), mourn, sorrow (for)
Near Antonyms
delight (in), enjoy, relish, revel (in), savor (also savour)

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regret

noun

Definition of regret

1 : sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one's control or power to repair
2 a : an expression of distressing emotion (such as sorrow)
b regrets plural : a note politely declining an invitation

regretful

play \ri-ˈgret-fəl\ adjective

regretfulness

noun

Examples of regret in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of regret from the Web

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First Known Use of regret

circa 1500

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


REGRET Defined for English Language Learners

regret

verb

Definition of regret for English Language Learners

  • : 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


regret

noun

Definition of regret for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


REGRET Defined for Kids

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regret

verb re·gret \ ri-ˈgret \

Definition of regret for Students

regretted; regretting
: to be sorry for
  • She regrets her rash decision.
  • “… very common and ill-mannered they are, I regret to say.”
  • —Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

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regret

noun

Definition of regret for Students

1 : sadness or disappointment caused especially by something beyond a person's control I recall my harsh words with much regret.
2 : an expression of sorrow or disappointment
3 regrets plural : a note politely refusing to accept an invitation
  • I send my regrets.


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