verb (rues, rueing or ruing, rued)[with object]
- Bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen): Ferguson will rue the day he turned down that offer she might live to rue this impetuous decisionMore example sentences
- Labour could be left ruing that decision this weekend.
- Residents who planted trees on this road are now ruing the decision that they once thought would help the community.
- States that worked hard to attract high-tech jobs are also ruing the decision, and discovering that a more diversified economy is more prosperous during the bust.
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- 1.1Compassion; pity: tears of pitying rueMore example sentences
- Burginde came around the end of the waggon, and with a look of mingled pity and rue, helped me guide her charge back to our waggon.
- Filmmakers from these countries reflect on those old ties with a combination of curiosity, rue and rage.
- Yet audiences flocked to see Gordin's terse presentation of sorrow and rue.
Old English hrēow 'repentance', hrēowan 'affect with contrition', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rouw 'mourning' and German Reue 'remorse'.
- 1A perennial evergreen shrub with bitter strong-scented lobed leaves that are used in herbal medicine.
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- Ruta graveolens, family Rutaceae
- Many herbs can help to deter flies, such as lavender, sweet woodruff, lemon verbena, star anise, tansy, any of the mints, rosemary, bay, chamomile, rue, elder, southernwood and basil.
- The medical use of rue is very wide.
- In ancient Greece and Egypt, rue was employed to stimulate menstrual bleeding, induce abortions, and strengthen eyesight.
- 1.1Used in names of other plants that resemble rue, especially in leaf shape, e.g., goat’s-rue, meadow rue, wall rue.More example sentences
- The dainty blooms of this early flowering meadow rue provide an excellent contrast with larger flowered plants.
- This combination of management and heavy, poorly-drained soils favoured characteristic plants such as great burnet, devil's bit scabious, meadow rue and pepper saxifrage.
- In addition to its lactogenic properties, goat's rue comes from the same family as fenugreek and is also considered to have anti-diabetic properties.
Middle English: from Old French, via Latin ruta from Greek rhutē.