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regret

[ri-gret] /rɪˈgrɛt/
verb (used with object), regretted, regretting.
1.
to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.):
He no sooner spoke than he regretted it.
2.
to think of with a sense of loss:
to regret one's vanished youth.
noun
3.
a sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction, etc.
4.
a feeling of sorrow or remorse for a fault, act, loss, disappointment, etc.
5.
regrets, a polite, usually formal refusal of an invitation:
I sent her my regrets.
6.
a note expressing regret at one's inability to accept an invitation:
I have had four acceptances and one regret.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English regretten (v.) < Middle French regreter, Old French, equivalent to re- re- + -greter, perhaps < Germanic (cf. greet2)
Related forms
regretter, noun
regrettingly, adverb
unregretted, adjective
unregretting, adjective
Can be confused
begrudge, regret, resent (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan, mourn, sorrow, grieve. Regret, penitence, remorse imply a sense of sorrow about events in the past, usually wrongs committed or errors made. Regret is distress of mind, sorrow for what has been done or failed to be done: to have no regrets. Penitence implies a sense of sin or misdoing, a feeling of contrition and determination not to sin again: a humble sense of penitence. Remorse implies pangs, qualms of conscience, a sense of guilt, regret, and repentance for sins committed, wrongs done, or duty not performed: a deep sense of remorse.
Antonyms
1. rejoice. 4. joy.
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  • Another explanation consistent with the experimental results is minimizing regrets.
  • Despite the difficulty of her life, she has few regrets.
  • But no one who has ever worked with her regrets the experience, and everyone in the business seems to want to have it.
  • He regrets that it required his early departure from the seminar, though.
  • It likely regrets those mistakes: the penalties, fines, and lawsuits that resulted cost the firm many millions of dollars.
  • Goldman regrets that the marketing materials did not contain that disclosure.
  • To this day, it remains one of the biggest professional regrets of my career.
  • He knows that, and he regrets that his ideas continue to lack the support of his colleagues.
  • The proposed move is so central to the action of the book that one regrets to find it so unconvincing.
  • No regrets, no worries, no missing your family or friends.
British Dictionary definitions for regrets

regret

/rɪˈɡrɛt/
verb (transitive) -grets, -gretting, -gretted
1.
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to feel sorry, repentant, or upset about
2.
to bemoan or grieve the death or loss of
noun
3.
a sense of repentance, guilt, or sorrow, as over some wrong done or an unfulfilled ambition
4.
a sense of loss or grief
5.
(pl) a polite expression of sadness, esp in a formal refusal of an invitation
Derived Forms
regretful, adjective
regretfully, adverb
regretfulness, noun
regrettable, adjective
regrettably, adverb
regretter, noun
Usage note
Regretful and regretfully are sometimes wrongly used where regrettable and regrettably are meant: he gave a regretful smile; he smiled regretfully; this is a regrettable (not regretful) mistake; regrettably (not regretfully), I shall be unable to attend
Word Origin
C14: from Old French regrete, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse grāta to weep
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Word Origin and History for regrets

regret

v.

"to look back with distress or sorrowful longing; to grieve for on remembering," late 14c., from Old French regreter "long after, bewail, lament someone's death; ask the help of" (Modern French regretter), from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + -greter, possibly from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old English grætan "to weep;" Old Norse grata "to weep, groan"), from Proto-Germanic *gretan "weep." "Not found in other Romance languages, and variously explained" [Century Dictionary].

Related: Regretted; regretting. Replaced Old English ofþyncan, from of- "off, away," here denoting opposition, + þyncan "seem, seem fit" (as in methinks).

n.

"pain or distress in the mind at something done or left undone," 1530s, from the verb, or from Middle French regret, back-formation from regreter (see regret (v.)).

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