Regret Definition

rĭ-grĕt
regrets, regretted, regretting
verb
regrets, regretted, regretting
To feel sorry about or mourn for (a person or thing gone, lost, etc.)
Webster's New World
To remember with a feeling of loss or sorrow; mourn.
American Heritage
To feel troubled or remorseful over (something that has happened, one's own acts, etc.)
Webster's New World
To feel regret.
American Heritage
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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noun
regrets
A troubled feeling or remorse over something that has happened, esp. over something that one has done or left undone.
Webster's New World
Sorrow over a person or thing gone, lost, etc.
Webster's New World
A courteous expression of regret, especially at having to decline an invitation.
American Heritage
A response declining an invitation.
He sent his regrets before the deadline.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Regret

Noun

Singular:
regret
Plural:
regrets

Origin of Regret

  • 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

  • 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

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