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



BrE BrE//rɪˈɡret//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡret//
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 [uncountable, countable] a feeling of sadness or disappointment that you have because of something that has happened or something that you have done or not done It is with great regret that I accept your resignation. She expressed her regret at the decision. a pang/twinge of regret I have no regrets about leaving Newcastle (= I do not feel sorry about it). What is your greatest regret (= the thing that you are most sorry about doing or not doing)? He gave up teaching in 2009, much to the regret of his students. See related entries: Disappointment Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French regreter ‘bewail (the dead)’.Extra examples Her biggest regret was that she had never had children. I have absolutely no regrets about resigning. I never learned to play an instrument and that’s a matter of some regret. It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr Fred Fisher. She enjoyed living alone, but felt a tiny pang of regret for her mother’s cooking. She expressed deep regret at the incident. She showed no regret about leaving her country. She thought of them without regret. The police offered no expression of regret at his wrongful arrest. To my regret, I lost touch with her years ago. my sincere regret at what has happened He gave up teaching in 2007, much to the regret of his students. James felt a twinge of regret at missing the party. What is your greatest regret?
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