verb (used with object), regretted, regretting.
to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.): He no sooner spoke than he regretted it.
to think of with a sense of loss: to regret one's vanished youth.
a sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction, etc.
a feeling of sorrow or remorse for a fault, act, loss, disappointment, etc.
regrets, a polite, usually formal refusal of an invitation: I sent her my regrets.
a note expressing regret at one's inability to accept an invitation: I have had four acceptances and one regret.

1300–50; Middle English regretten (v.) < Middle French regreter, Old French, equivalent to re- re- + -greter, perhaps < Germanic (cf. greet2)

regretter, noun
regrettingly, adverb
unregretted, adjective
unregretting, adjective

begrudge, regret, resent (see synonym study at the current entry).

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.

1. rejoice. 4. joy. Unabridged
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regret (rɪˈɡrɛt)
vb , -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
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.  (plural) a polite expression of sadness, esp in a formal refusal of an invitation
[C14: from Old French regrete, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse grāta to weep]
usage  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

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Word Origin & History

"to remember with distress or longing," c.1300, from O.Fr. regreter "long after, bewail, lament someone's death," from re-, intensive prefix + -greter, possibly from Frankish (cf. O.E. grætan "to weep;" O.N. grata "to weep, groan"), from P.Gmc. *gretan "weep." Replaced O.E. ofþyncan, from
of- "off, away," here denoting opposition + þyncan "seem, seem fit" (as in methinks). The noun is first recorded 1533. Regretfully incorrectly in place of regrettably is attested from 1976.
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Example sentences
If you can do grocery shopping while waiting for the next connection you may be
  regretting the buss coming so soon.
Some governments are now regretting their hands-off approach.
As long as you have the stuff and you're not regretting what happened on the
The more he submitted to it, the more wrong he chose to do, regretting it
  afterward because his heart knew it was wrong.
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