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regret

noun

verb

  1. (feel)  to feel remorse for; to feel sorry for; to be contrite about
    Synonyms: repent, rue. Type of: feel. Follows: miss
  2. (feel sad, loss)  to feel sad about the loss or absence of
    Type of: miss
  3. (refuse)  to decline formally or politely
    Type of: refuse
  4. (inform)  to express with regret
    Type of: inform

Etymology summary

Middle English regretten, from Old French regreter, regrater ("to lament"), from...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

regret | regretful [adjective, derived]

[may take a clause as object or an infinitive] to feel sorry, repentant, or upset about | to bemoan or grieve the death or loss of | a sense of ... (28 of 525 words, 5 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

regret | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | regrets [3rd-person singular present]

feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that one has done or failed to do) | used in polite formulas to express apology for or sadness ... (25 of 225 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Regret [disambiguation] | Regrets

may refer to: Regret (emotion) | Regret, France, a village about 2 miles south-west of Verdun | Regret, Tennessee | Expression of regret, a common gambit in politics and public relations, used as an alternative to actually apologizing | Regret... (36 of 209 words, 17 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

regret [entry 1, verb] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | bemoan [synonym, sense-specific] | deplore [synonym, sense-specific] | lament [synonym, sense-specific] | repent [synonym, sense-specific] | rue [synonym, sense-specific] | ache [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to mourn the loss or death of ; to miss very much | to be very sorry for | to experience regret (20 of 148 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/regret

regret [entry 2, noun] | regrets [plural] | contriteness [synonym, sense-specific] | contrition [synonym, sense-specific] | penitence [synonym, sense-specific] | guilt [synonym, sense-specific] | remorse [synonym, sense-specific] | remorsefulness [synonym, sense-specific] | repentance [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one's control or power to repair | an expression of distressing emotion (as sorrow) ; "regrets": a note ... (22 of 146 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

regret [transitive] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | regrets [3rd-person singular present] | I/we regret to inform/tell you that

to feel sorry or sad that something has happened ; to feel sorry or sad about something that you have said or done | "I/we regret to inform/tell you ... (28 of 147 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/regret

regret [countable/uncountable, noun] | regrets [plural] | give/send someone your regrets

a feeling of sadness about something that has happened ; a feeling of sadness about something that you wish you had not said or done | "give/send ... (26 of 143 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

regret [entry 1] | send (someone) your regrets | send someone your regrets | send your regrets

a feeling of sadness about something sad or wrong or about a mistake that you have made, and a wish that it could have been different and better | ... (28 of 112 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/regret 1

regret [entry 2] | -tt- [past tense]

to feel sorry about a situation, especially something sad or wrong or a mistake that you have made (18 of 78 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/regret 2

Random House Dictionary:

regret | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | regrets [sense-specific]

to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.). | to think of with a sense of loss. | a sense of loss, disappointment, ... (24 of 100 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

regret | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | regrets [3rd-person singular present] | regretter [noun, related]

To feel sorry, disappointed, or distressed about. | To remember with a feeling of loss or sorrow; mourn. | To feel regret. | A sense of loss and ... (25 of 92 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

regret | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | regretful [adjective, related] | regretfully [adverb, related] | regretfulness [noun, related] | regretter [noun, related]

to feel sorry about or mourn for (a person or thing gone, lost, etc.) | to feel troubled or remorseful over (something that has happened, one's own ... (26 of 92 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

regret | regrets [plural] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | repine [intransitive, literary] | repined [intransitive, literary, past tense] | repining [intransitive, literary, present participle] | repines [intransitive, literary, 3rd-person singular present] | repyne [intransitive, literary, 16th century]

To feel sorry about (a thing that has happened), afterthink: to wish that a thing had not happened, that something else had happened instead. | [more generally] To feel sorry about (any thing). | The instance of such an emotion. (38 of 80 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/regret

Encarta Dictionary:

regret | regrets [plural] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle]

to feel sorry and sad about something previously done or said that now appears wrong, mistaken, or hurtful to others | used as a polite expression of ... (26 of 220 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861699768​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

regret | regrets [plural] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English regretten, from Old French regreter, regrater ("to lament"), from re- (intensive prefix) + *greter, *grater ("to weep"), from Old Frankish *grētan ("to weep, mourn, lament"; from ... (28 of 89 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

regret

First use: about 1300

Origin: "to remember with distress or longing", from Old French regreter "long after, bewail, lament someone's death", from re-, intensive ... (21 of 66 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

regret | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English regretten from Old French regreter, to bewail the dead from re- + Germanic base as in Old English gretan, ... (21 of 27 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/regret

American Heritage Dictionary:

regret | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | regrets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English regretten, to lament, from Old French regreter: re-, re- + -greter, to weep (perhaps of Germanic origin).

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Oxford Dictionary:

regret | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | regrets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French regreter "bewail (the dead)", perhaps from the Germanic base of "greet2"

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Collins Dictionary:

regret

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French regrete, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse grāta to weep

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/regret

Merriam-Webster:

regret [entry 1, verb] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English regretten, from Anglo-French regreter, from re- + -greter (perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse grāta to weep)

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Encarta Dictionary:

regret | regrets [plural] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Old French regreter

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861699768​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

regret | regrets [plural] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "regret"

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Collins Dictionary:

regret

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

regret [transitive] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | regrets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "regret"

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regret [countable/uncountable, noun] | regrets [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

regret [transitive] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle] | regrets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "regret"

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regret [countable/uncountable, noun] | regrets [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

regret [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "regret"

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the Free Dictionary:

regret

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Google Dictionary:

regret | regrets [plural] | regretted [past tense] | regretting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "regret"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

regret

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YourDictionary Audio:

regret

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freedictionary.org:

Regret

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