Definition of regret in English:


Line breaks: re¦gret
Pronunciation: /rɪˈgrɛt

verb (regrets, regretting, regretted)

[with object]
  • 1Feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that one has done or failed to do): she immediately regretted her words [with clause]: I always regretted that I never trained
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    • ‘I always come here when I want to be alone,’ I said, immediately regretting my words.
    • He shut his eyes immediately, probably regretting the words he had just uttered.
    • Maureen's cheeks were tinted red, and I immediately regretted my words.
    be sorry about, feel contrite about, feel apologetic about, feel remorse about/for, be remorseful about, rue, repent (of), feel repentant about, be regretful at/about, have a conscience about, blame oneself formourn, grieve for/over, feel grief at, weep over, sigh over, fret about, pine over; feel sad about, be regretful at/about, lament, feel sorrow at, sorrow for, be upset/disappointed about, deplore
  • 1.1Used in polite formulas to express apology for or sadness over something undesirable: any inconvenience to readers is regretted [with clause]: we regret that no tickets may be exchanged
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    • We regret the error and apologize for any inconvenience.
    • We regret this implication and apologise to NCB for any distress caused.
    • We regret the error and extend our apologies to Aaron Ruell and Pablo Ferro.
  • 1.2 archaic Feel sorrow for the loss or absence of (something pleasant): my home, when shall I cease to regret you!


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late Middle English: from Old French regreter 'bewail (the dead)', perhaps from the Germanic base of greet2.

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