Translation of regret in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /rɪˈgret/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-tt-)

  • [decision/mistake] arrepentirse* de, lamentar I regretted it as soon as I'd said it me arrepentí en cuanto lo dije don't do anything you might regret no hagas nada de lo que te puedas arrepentir we regret any inconvenience caused rogamos disculpen las molestias (que hayamos podido ocasionar) you'll regret this! ¡te vas a arrepentir de esto! I may live to regret this, but … es probable que luego me arrepienta, pero … to regret -ing arrepentirse* de, lamentar + infinitive/infinitivo I regret not having kept in touch with them me arrepiento de or lamento no haber mantenido el contacto con ellos I regret that I shall be unable to attend lamento no poder asistir to regret to + infinitive/infinitivo lamentar tener que + infinitive/infinitivo we regret to announce that … lamentamos tener que anunciar que … we regret to inform you that your application has been unsuccessful lamentamos comunicarle or informarle que en esta ocasión su solicitud no ha prosperado it is to be regretted that … es lamentable que … (followed by subjunctive/seguido por subjuntivo)
    More example sentences
    • ‘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.


  • 1.1 u and c (sadness) pesar (masculine); (remorse) arrepentimiento (masculine) to his everlasting regret para su eterno pesar it is with regret that we announce … lamentamos tener que anunciar que … my biggest/one regret is that I didn't have children lo que más lamento/lo único que lamento es no haber tenido hijos do you have any regrets about your life? ¿hay algo de lo que te arrepientes? I've no regrets about leaving no me arrepiento de haberme ido 1.2
    (regrets plural)
    excusas (feminine plural) to send one's regrets presentar sus ( or mis etc) excusas

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