What does regret mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sorrow, regret, rue, ruefulnessverb

    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, rueverb

    feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

  3. regretverb

    feel sad about the loss or absence of

  4. regretverb

    decline formally or politely

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

  5. regretverb

    express with regret

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


  1. regretnoun

    The instance of such an emotion.

  2. regretverb

    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. regretverb

    To feel sorry about (any thing).

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

  4. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Regretnoun

    Prior has used it in the plural; but, I believe, without authority.

    Etymology: regret, Fr. regretto, Italian.

    I never bare any touch of conscience with greater regret. Charles I .

    A passionate regret at sin, a grief and sadness at its memory, enters us into God’s roll of mourners. Decay of Piety.

    Though sin offers itself in never so pleasing a dress, yet the remorse and inward regrets of the soul, upon the commission of it, infinitely overbalance those faint gratifications it affords the senses. Robert South, Sermons.

    Never any prince expressed a more lively regret for the loss of a servant, than his majesty did for this great man; in all offices of grace towards his servants, and in a wonderful solicitous care for the payment of his debts. Edward Hyde.

    That freedom, which all sorrows claim,
    She does for thy content resign;
    Her piety itself would blame,
    If her regrets should waken thine. Matthew Prior.

    Is it a virtue to have some ineffective regrets to damnation, and such a virtue too, as shall serve to balance all our vices. Decay of Piety.

  2. To Regretverb

    Etymology: regretter, Fr. from the noun.

    I shall not regret the trouble my experiments cost me, if they be found serviceable to the purposes of respiration. Boyle.

    Calmly he look’d on either life, and here
    Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear;
    From nature’s temp’rate feast rose satisfy’d,
    Thank’d heav’n that he had liv’d, and that he dy’d. Alexander Pope.

    Those, the impiety of whose lives makes them regret a deity, and secretly wish there were none, will greedily listen to atheistical notions. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

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. Regretverb

    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

  4. Etymology: [F. regretter, OF. regreter; L. pref. re- re- + a word of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. grtan to weep, Icel. grta. See Greet to lament.]


  1. Regret

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Regret

    rē-gret′, v.t. to grieve at: to remember with sorrow:—pr.p. regret′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. regret′ted.n. sorrow for anything: concern: remorse: a written expression of regret.—adj. Regret′ful, full of regret.—adv. Regret′fully.—adj. Regret′table.—adv. Regret′tably. [O. Fr. regrater, to desire, prob. from L. re-, again, and an Old Low Ger. form, appearing in A.S. grǽtan, Goth. gretan, to weep, Scot. greet. Others explain as from L. re-, in neg. sense, and gratus, pleasing.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of regret in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of regret in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of regret in a Sentence

  1. Maximo Ibarra:

    I regret the timing, but family reasons gave me no choice, i will dedicate myself in the coming months to securing a seamless transfer to my successor.

  2. Joe Biden:

    I think I could've won, do I regret not being president? Yes.

  3. Attorney General Scott Pruitt:

    Today, I regret to advise the citizens of Oklahoma City that the Department of Corrections failed to do its job.

  4. Philippe Streiff:

    I let Philippe Streiff get carried away in front of the camera, the interview took a long time, too long, and I am aware that I made insulting and defamatory comments about Jean Todt, Gerard Saillant and the FIA which I sincerely regret.

  5. Scholastic Inc.:

    The October 8, 2018 issue of NY Times Upfront contained an article about capital punishment, with a headline that referenced the perpetrator of the tragic Parkland shootings. A quiz in the accompanying teacher's guide also mentioned the perpetrator by name. The article and the quiz were intended only to provide a platform for meaningful conversations around the history, civics and social impact of the death penalty, we deeply regret if the use of this real life example added in any way to the ongoing suffering of the students, families and educators of the Parkland community.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. defiant
    • B. ectomorphic
    • C. epidemic
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