rue

verb
\ ˈrü How to pronounce rue (audio) \
rued; ruing

Definition of rue

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: to feel penitence, remorse, or regret for

intransitive verb

: to feel sorrow, remorse, or regret

rue

noun (1)

Definition of rue (Entry 2 of 3)

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

rue

noun (2)

Definition of rue (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms for rue

Synonyms: Verb

bemoan, deplore, lament, regret, repent

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Noun (1)

If you remember your high school French, or if you've ever strolled down the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, you may have the notion that the English word rue is somehow connected to the French word for "street." In actuality, the French and English words are not related at all. The English rue is originally from the Old English word hrēow, meaning "sorrow." Used as both a noun and, more frequently, a verb, rue is very old, dating back to before the 12th century.

Examples of rue in a Sentence

Verb

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

First Known Use of rue

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rue

Noun (1)

Middle English rewe, from Old English hrēow; akin to Old High German hriuwa sorrow

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin ruta, from Greek rhytē

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The first known use of rue was before the 12th century

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rue

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rue

formal : to feel sorrow or regret for (something)

rue

verb
\ ˈrü How to pronounce rue (audio) \
rued; ruing

Kids Definition of rue

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

rue

noun
\ ˈrü How to pronounce rue (audio) \

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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