Zach regrets staying up late playing video games on a school night.
- 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 verb-·gret′ted, -·gret′ting
- 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.
- [pl.] a response declining an invitation: he sent his regrets before the deadline
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 *grÄ“tan ("to weep, mourn, lament"; from Proto-Germanic *grÄ“tanÄ… (“to weep")), and Old Frankish *grÄ“otan (“to cry, weep"), from Proto-Germanic *greutanÄ… (“to weep, cry"), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrew- (“to weep, be sad"), equivalent to re- +"Ž greet. Cognate with Middle High German grÄzan (“to cry"), Old English grÇ£tan (“to weep, greet"), Old English grÄ“otan (“to weep, lament"), Old Norse grÃ¡ta (“to weep, groan"), Gothic ðŒ²ð‚ðŒ´ð„ðŒ°ðŒ½ (gretan, “to weep"). More at greet.