- 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.
regret definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English regretten ; from Old French regreter, to bewail the dead ; from re- plush 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.
regret definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb re·gret·ted, re·gret·ting, re·grets verb, transitive
- To feel sorry, disappointed, or distressed about.
- To remember with a feeling of loss or sorrow; mourn.
- A sense of loss and longing for someone or something gone.
- A feeling of disappointment or distress about something that one wishes could be different.
- regrets A courteous expression of regret, especially at having to decline an invitation.
Origin: Middle English regretten, to lament, from Old French regreter : re-, re- + -greter, to weep (perhaps of Germanic origin).
- re·gretˈter noun
regret - Phrases/Idioms