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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. 
  1. 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.
  2. (used in the present tense to express sorrow):[not: be + ~-ing;  ~ + to + verb]We regret to inform you that the train will be late.

n. 
  1. 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.
  2. regrets, [plural] a polite, usually formal refusal of an invitation:sent my regrets.
re•gret•ful, adj. 
re•gret•ful•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•gret  (ri gret),USA pronunciation v.,  -gret•ted, -gret•ting, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.):He no sooner spoke than he regretted it.
  2. to think of with a sense of loss:to regret one's vanished youth.

n. 
  1. a sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction, etc.
  2. a feeling of sorrow or remorse for a fault, act, loss, disappointment, etc.
  3. regrets, a polite, usually formal refusal of an invitation:I sent her my regrets.
  4. a note expressing regret at one's inability to accept an invitation:I have had four acceptances and one regret.
re•gretter, n. 
re•gretting•ly, adv. 
  • 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)
  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
n
  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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