Definition of regret verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    regret

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡret//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡret//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they regret
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡret//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡret//
     
    he / she / it regrets
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡrets//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡrets//
     
    past simple regretted
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡretɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡretɪd//
     
    past participle regretted
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡretɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡretɪd//
     
    -ing form regretting
    BrE BrE//rɪˈɡretɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡretɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to feel sorry about something you have done or about something that you have not been able to do regret something If you don't do it now, you'll only regret it. The decision could be one he lives to regret. ‘I've had a wonderful life,’ she said, ‘I don't regret a thing.’ She regretted the words the moment they were out of her mouth. regret doing something He bitterly regretted ever having mentioned it. regret what, how, etc… I deeply regret what I said. regret that… I regret that I never got to meet him in person.
  2. 2  (formal) used to say in a polite or formal way that you are sorry or sad about a situation regret something The airline regrets any inconvenience. regret that… I regret that I am unable to accept your kind invitation. regret to do something We regret to inform you that your application has not been successful. it is regretted that… It is to be regretted that so many young people leave school without qualifications.
  3. Wordfinderamends, apologize, ashamed, embarrassed, forgive, regret, remorse, repent, sorry, sympathy More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French regreter ‘bewail (the dead)’.Extra examples I immediately regretted not asking for his name and address. It was a decision she would soon regret. Pierre told them some things he later regretted telling. She knew that she would live to regret this decision. The president said that his country deeply regretted the incident. ‘I’ve had a wonderful life,’ she said, ‘I don’t regret a thing.’ If you don’t do it now, you’ll only regret it. It is to be regretted that so many young people leave school without qualifications. The decision could be one he lives to regret.
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