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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•gret /rɪˈgrɛt/USA pronunciation
v., -gret•ted, -gret•ting, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, event, etc.): [~ + object]said he did not regret his decision to retire.[~ + verb-ing]The thief said he regretted stealing the money.[~ + (that) clause]He regrets that he cannot be here in person tonight.
- (used in the present tense to express sorrow):[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + to + verb]We regret to inform you that the train will be late.
- a feeling of sorrow, unhappiness, or guilt for a fault, wrong act, a loss, etc.: [uncountable]a sudden pang of regret.[countable]had no regrets.
- regrets, [plural] a polite, usually formal refusal of an invitation:sent my regrets.
(ri gret′),USA pronunciation v., -gret•ted, -gret•ting, n. v.t.
- to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.):He no sooner spoke than he regretted it.
- to think of with a sense of loss:to regret one's vanished youth.
- a sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction, etc.
- a feeling of sorrow or remorse for a fault, act, loss, disappointment, etc.
- regrets, a polite, usually formal refusal of an invitation:I sent her my regrets.
- a note expressing regret at one's inability to accept an invitation:I have had four acceptances and one regret.
- Gmc (compare greet2)
- Middle French regreter, Old French, equivalent. to re- re- + -greter, perh.
- Middle English regretten (verb, verbal) 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan, mourn, sorrow, grieve. Regret, penitence, remorse imply a sense of sorrow about events in the past, usually wrongs committed or errors made. Regret is distress of mind, sorrow for what has been done or failed to be done:to have no regrets.Penitence implies a sense of sin or misdoing, a feeling of contrition and determination not to sin again:a humble sense of penitence.Remorse implies pangs, qualms of conscience, a sense of guilt, regret, and repentance for sins committed, wrongs done, or duty not performed:a deep sense of remorse.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rejoice.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged joy.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
regret /rɪˈɡrɛt/ vb ( -grets, -gretting, -gretted)(transitive)
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to feel sorry, repentant, or upset about
- to bemoan or grieve the death or loss of
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French regrete, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse grāta to weepreˈgretful adj reˈgretfully adv reˈgretfulness n reˈgrettable adj reˈgrettably adv USAGE
- a sense of repentance, guilt, or sorrow, as over some wrong done or an unfulfilled ambition
- a sense of loss or grief
- (plural) a polite expression of sadness, esp in a formal refusal of an invitation
Regretful and regretfully are sometimes wrongly used where regrettable and regrettably are meant: he gave a regretful smile; he smiled regretfully; this is a regrettable (not regretful) mistake; regrettably (not regretfully), I shall be unable to attend
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