Definitions for regretrɪˈgrɛt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•gretrɪˈgrɛt(v.; n.)-gret•ted, -gret•ting

  1. (v.t.)to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.).

  2. to think of with a sense of loss.

  3. (n.)a sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction, etc.

  4. a feeling of sorrow or remorse for a fault, act, loss, etc.

  5. regrets, a polite, usu. formal refusal of an invitation.

Origin of regret:

1300–50; ME regretten (v.) < MF regreter, OF


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sorrow, regret, rue, ruefulness(verb)

    sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

    "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"

  2. repent, regret, rue(verb)

    feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

  3. regret(verb)

    feel sad about the loss or absence of

  4. regret(verb)

    decline formally or politely

    "I regret I can't come to the party"

  5. regret(verb)

    express with regret

    "I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. regret(noun)ɪˈgrɛt

    a feeling of disappointment or guilt about sth you did or did not do

    Throughout the trial he has shown no regret.; My biggest regret is that I never apologized to her.

  2. regret(verb)ɪˈgrɛt

    to feel regret

    Do you regret not taking the job?; Did he say he regretted the killings?


  1. regret(Noun)

    The instance of such an emotion.

  2. regret(Verb)

    To feel sorry about (a thing that has happened), afterthink: to wish that a thing had not happened, that something else had happened instead.

    He regretted his words.

  3. regret(Verb)

    To feel sorry about (any thing).

    I regret that I have to do this, but I don't have a choice.

  4. Origin: From regretten, from regreter, regrater, from re- + , , from Old , and Old , from greutanan, from ghrew-, equivalent to . Cognate with grazan, grætan, greotan, gráta, 03320342033403440330033D. More at greet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regret

    pain of mind on account of something done or experienced in the past, with a wish that it had been different; a looking back with dissatisfaction or with longing; grief; sorrow; especially, a mourning on account of the loss of some joy, advantage, or satisfaction

  2. Regret

    dislike; aversion

  3. Regret(verb)

    to experience regret on account of; to lose or miss with a sense of regret; to feel sorrow or dissatisfaction on account of (the happening or the loss of something); as, to regret an error; to regret lost opportunities or friends


  1. Regret

    Regret was a famous American thoroughbred racehorse and the first of three fillies to ever win the Kentucky Derby.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'regret' in Verbs Frequency: #786

Translations for regret

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a feeling of sorrow, or of having done something wrong

I have no regrets / I feel no regret about what I did; It was with deep regret that I heard the news of his death.

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