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 trainedMore example sentences
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 forweep 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
- ‘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.
- 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 exchangedMore example sentences
- 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.
noun[mass noun] Back to top
- 1A feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over an occurrence or something that one has done or failed to do: she expressed her regret at Virginia’s death he had to decline, to his regretMore example sentences
remorse, sorrow, contrition, contriteness, repentance, penitence, pangs of conscience, guilt, compunction, remorsefulness, ruefulness, shame, self-reproach, self-accusation, self-condemnation• rare sorrinesssadness, sorrow, disappointment, dismay, unhappiness, dejection, lamentation, grief, mourning, mournfulness
- It does not matter what counsel may think, it is never wise, as many have learnt to their regret, to come without the pleadings.
- They took a bow, and then Brandon stepped away from Kitty, much to her regret.
- Letting go of her hand much to her regret, he opened the door and walked in.
- 1.1 (often one's regrets) Used in polite formulas to express apology for or sadness at an occurrence or an inability to accept an invitation: please give your grandmother my regretsMore example sentences
- ‘I extend my sincerest apologies and deepest regrets to you, Her Majesty, and Her Highness,’ he said.
- My dear brothers and sisters, I have chosen to appear before you to offer my deepest regrets and unqualified apologies to a traumatized nation.
- News of Peter's passing was received with much sadness and genuine regret throughout the district.
late Middle English: from Old French regreter 'bewail (the dead)', perhaps from the Germanic base of greet2.