What does regret mean?

Definitions for regret
rɪˈgrɛtre·gret

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. regret(Noun)

    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. 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.

    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. regret(Verb)

    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. 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

    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.]

British National Corpus

  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. Jeb Bush:

    No, I don't. I don't regret it, do you have a better term? OK, you give me, you give me a better term and I'll use it.

  2. Mark Green:

    It is with deep regret today I am withdrawing my nomination to be the Secretary of the Army.

  3. Linden Police Chief James Schulhafer:

    It's tragic for people to lose their lives at such an early age, whatever the reason. i told them that this is a day that will live with them for the rest of their lives and I think we'll all probably have some kind of regret and blame ourselves for something that we may have done or said to those officers to prevent this tragedy.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    You have to enforce no-fly zones, and I believe, especially with the Russian air force in the air, it could lead to an escalation because of an accident that we would deeply regret.

  5. Steve Feltham:

    I certainly don’t regret the last 24 years.

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