What does regret mean?

Definitions for regret
rɪˈgrɛtre·gret

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. regretnoun

    The instance of such an emotion.

    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.

  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.

    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.

  3. regretverb

    To feel sorry about (any thing).

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

    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.

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

    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.]

  2. Regret

    dislike; aversion

    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.]

  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

    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.]

Freebase

  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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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Christine Sarkis:

    A glass of wine with dinner on an international flight? Reasonable (especially if you're also drinking a healthy amount of water). Three vodka tonics in quick succession on a cross-country flight? Recipe for regret.

  2. Steve Scalise:

    One of the many groups that I spoke to regarding this critical legislation was a group whose views I wholeheartedly condemn. It was a mistake I regret.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    No matter how others treat you, always be nice to people who touch your life. The only words you will regret later in life, besides the ones you had left unspoken, will be the words that you intentionally used to hurt others. Time and Words never come back, so use them carefully, always treating people with dignity and respect.

  4. Arthur Marx:

    So. The time has come for me to get my kite flying, stretch out in the sun, kick off my shoes, and speak my piece. 'The days of struggle are over,' I should be able to say. 'I can look back now and tell myself I don't have a single regret.' But I do. Many years ago a very wise man named Bernard Baruch took me aside and put his arm around my shoulder. 'Harpo, my boy,' he said, 'I'm going to give you three pieces of advice, three things you should always remember.' My heart jumped and I glowed with expectation. I was going to hear the magic password to a rich, full life from the master himself. 'Yes, sir' I said. And he told me the three things. I regret that I've forgotten what they were.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    If/when you are caught up in worries/regrets. You are likely to lose sight of what the future could/has to offer you. So, worry/regret over nothing.

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