Other Word Forms of Regret
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.
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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