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

 

rue

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ruː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ruː//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rue
BrE BrE//ruː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ruː//
 
he / she / it rues
BrE BrE//ruːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ruːz//
 
past simple rued
BrE BrE//ruːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ruːd//
 
past participle rued
BrE BrE//ruːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ruːd//
 
-ing form rueing
BrE BrE//ˈruːɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːɪŋ//
 
-ing form ruing
BrE BrE//ˈruːɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːɪŋ//
 
 
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rue something (old-fashioned or formal) to feel bad about something that happened or something that you did because it had bad results synonym regret He rued the day they had bought such a large house. Word Origin Old English hrēow ‘repentance’, hrēowan ‘affect with contrition’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rouw ‘mourning’ and German Reue ‘remorse’.
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