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rue

noun \ ˈrü \

Definition of rue

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

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Origin and Etymology of rue

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


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rue

verb

Definition of rue

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

Examples of rue in a Sentence

  1. He must be ruing his decision now.

  2. I rue the day I agreed to this stupid plan.

Did You Know?

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.

First Known Use of rue

12th century

rue Synonyms

Synonyms
bemoan, deplore, lament, repent, regret
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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rue

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 and Etymology of rue

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

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RUE Defined for English Language Learners

rue

verb

Definition of rue for English Language Learners

  • : to feel sorrow or regret for (something)


RUE Defined for Kids

rue

verb \ ˈrü \

Definition of rue for Students

rued; ruing
: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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