WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•gret /rɪˈgrɛt/USA pronunciation v., -gret•ted, -gret•ting,n. 

  • 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.
  • [not: be + ~-ing; ~ + to + verb] (used in the present tense to express sorrow):We regret to inform you that the train will be late.

  • n. 
  • 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.
  • re•gret•ful, adj. 
    re•gret•ful•ly, adv. 

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    regret /rɪˈɡrɛt/ vb ( -grets, -gretting, -gretted)(transitive)
    1. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to feel sorry, repentant, or upset about
    2. to bemoan or grieve the death or loss of
    1. a sense of repentance, guilt, or sorrow, as over some wrong done or an unfulfilled ambition
    2. a sense of loss or grief
    3. (plural) a polite expression of sadness, esp in a formal refusal of an invitation
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French regrete, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse grāta to weep

    reˈgretful adj reˈgretfully adv reˈgretfulness n reˈgrettable adj reˈgrettably adv USAGE
    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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