- The definition of a regret is a feeling of sorrow, guilt or shame about something that happened.
An example of regret is an older woman wishing she'd told a high school crush how she felt.
- Regret is defined as to feel sorry about something that has happened or to feel sorrow about the loss of someone or something.
- An example of regret is a teenager feeling bad about having lied to their parents.
- An example of regret is a child feeling sad about their dog dying.
transitive verbregretted, regretting
- 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 acts, etc.)
Origin of regretMiddle English regretten ; from Old French regreter, to bewail the dead ; from re- + Germanic base as in Old English gretan, Old Norse grata, Gothic gretan, to weep
- a troubled feeling or remorse over something that has happened, esp. over something that one has done or left undone
- sorrow over a person or thing gone, lost, etc.
verbre·gret·ted, re·gret·ting, re·grets
- To feel sorry, disappointed, distressed, or remorseful about: I regret not speaking to her before she left.
- To remember with a feeling of loss or sorrow; mourn: “He almost regretted the penury which he had suffered during the last two years since the desperate struggle merely to keep body and soul together had deadened the pain of living” (W. Somerset Maugham).
- A feeling of sorrow, disappointment, distress, or remorse about something that one wishes could be different.
- A sense of loss and longing for someone or something gone or passed out of existence: “We have both had flashes of regret for those vanished, golden people” (Anne Rivers Siddons).
- regrets A courteous expression of regret, especially at having to decline an invitation.
Origin of regretMiddle English regretten, to lament, from Old French regreter : re-, re- + -greter, to weep (perhaps of Germanic origin).
(third-person singular simple present regrets, present participle regretting, simple past and past participle regretted)
(countable and uncountable, plural regrets)
- Emotional pain 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.
From 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 Proto-Germanic *grētaną (“to weep”)), and Old Frankish *grēotan (“to cry, weep”), from Proto-Germanic *greutaną (“to weep, cry”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrew- (“to weep, be sad”), equivalent to re- + greet. Cognate with Middle High German grāzan (“to cry”), Old English grǣtan (“to weep, greet”), Old English grēotan (“to weep, lament”), Old Norse gráta (“to weep, groan”), Gothic (gretan, “to weep”). More at greet.