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.
I regret that I have to do this, but I don't have a choice.
I regret not speaking to her before she left.
An example of regret is an older woman wishing she'd told a high school crush how she felt.
He sent his regrets before the deadline.
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 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.