Regret meaning

rĭ-grĕt
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.

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To remember with a feeling of loss or sorrow; mourn.
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A troubled feeling or remorse over something that has happened, esp. over something that one has done or left undone.
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To feel regret.
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(more generally) To feel sorry about (any thing).

I regret that I have to do this, but I don't have a choice.

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A feeling of sorrow, disappointment, distress, or remorse about something that one wishes could be different.
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To feel troubled or remorseful over (something that has happened, one's own acts, etc.)
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To feel sorry, disappointed, distressed, or remorseful about.

I regret not speaking to her before she left.

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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.

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To feel sorry about (a thing that has or has not happened), afterthink: to wish that a thing had not happened, that something else had happened instead.

He regretted his words.

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A sense of loss and longing for someone or something gone or passed out of existence.
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A courteous expression of regret, especially at having to decline an invitation.
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To feel sorry about or mourn for (a person or thing gone, lost, etc.)
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A response declining an invitation.

He sent his regrets before the deadline.

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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.
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Sorrow over a person or thing gone, lost, etc.
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Origin of regret

  • Middle English regretten to lament from Old French regreter re- re- -greter to weep (perhaps of Germanic origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 grāzan (“to cry"), Old English grÇ£tan (“to weep, greet"), Old English grÄ“otan (“to weep, lament"), Old Norse gráta (“to weep, groan"), Gothic 𐌲𐍂𐌴𐍄𐌰𐌽 (gretan, “to weep"). More at greet.

    From Wiktionary