- To feel sorry about (a thing that has happened), afterthink: to wish that a thing had not happened, that something else had happened instead.
- He regretted his words.
- (more generally) To feel sorry about (any thing).
- I regret that I have to do this, but I don't have a choice.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (the -ing form), except in set phrases with tell, say, and inform, where the to infinitive is used. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
NounRegret (plural Regrets)
Adjectives for Regret
pious; undersigned; relentful; idle; unspeakable; fond; tender; contrite; indignant; mingled (pi); continued; passionate; bitter; serious; unmeaning; dead; keenest; constant; deep; hopeless; meek; vain; frantic; proud; repentant; immeasurable; formal; torturing; sweet; sensible; vague; wistful; inextinguishable; immense; sincere; unfeigned; momentary; endless; unhappy; fierce; subsequent; inexpressible; restless; fundamental; maudlin; unequivocal; unavailing.
Verbs for Regret
accept—s; betoken—; bewail in—; cherish —; convey—s; croak—s; express—; lament —s; offer—s; plague with—s; send—s; —s chafe; —s confuse; —s disappoint; —s dis¬concert; —s dishearten; —s humiliate; — oppresses; —saddens; —s vex.
Adverbs for Regret
audibly; pitifully; officially; deeply; bitterly; exceedingly; mournfully; piously; fondly; passionately; keenly; vainly; inexpressibly; vaguely; wistfully; maudlinly; unequivocally; unavailingly.
abject apology, acknowledgment, affliction, anguish, apologies, apology, attrition, ayenbite of inwit, be sorry for, bemoan, bewail, bitterness, breast-beating, care, compunction, confession, contriteness, contrition, demur, deplore, deprecate, disappointment, disapprove, dole, dolor, excuse, feel sorry for, grief, grieve, guilt, heartache, heartbreak, lament, mea culpa, mourn, mournfulness, pangs of conscience, penitence, qualm, refusal, regretfulness, regrets, regretting, remorse, remorse of conscience, remorsefulness, repent, repentance, repine, repining, rue, rue the day, ruefulness, sadness, scruple, second thoughts, self-condemnation, self-reproach, shame, shamefacedness, shamefastness, shamefulness, sorriness, sorrow, weep over, wistfulness, woe
From Middle English regretten, from Old French regreter (“to lament”), from re- (intensive prefix) + greter "to weep", of Germanic origin, from Frankish *grêtan "to weep, mourn, lament", from Proto-Germanic *grētanan (“to weep”) and Frankish *grêotan "to cry, weep", from Proto-Germanic *greutanan (“to weep, cry”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrew- (“to weep, be sad”). Cognate with Middle High German grāzan "to cry", Old English grǣtan (“to weep, greet”), Old English grēotan "to weep, lament", Old Norse gráta (“to weep, groan”), Gothic 𐌲𐍂𐌴𐍄𐌰𐌽 (gretan, “to weep”). More at greet.
- Regret in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Regret in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
Regret m. (plural Regrets)
From Middle French regret from Old French regret (“lamentation, complaint”), deverbal of regreter (“to lament”), from re- (intensive prefix-) + greter (to weep), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *grêtan (“to weep, mourn, lament”), from Proto-Germanic *grētanan (“to weep”) and Frankish *grêotan (“to cry, weep”), from Proto-Germanic *greutanan (“to weep, cry”) from Proto-Indo-European *ghrew- (“to weep, be sad”). More at regret.
NounRegret (plural Regrets)
- regret, repentance