Definition of regret verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    regret

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//rɪˈɡrɛt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they regret
     
    he / she / it regrets
     
    past simple regretted
     
    -ing form regretting
     
     
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  1. 1to 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… Ideeply 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…
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