regret

v. & n.
—v.tr. (regretted, regretting) (often foll. by that + clause)
1 feel or express sorrow or repentance or distress over (an action or loss etc.) (I regret that I forgot; regretted your absence).
2 (often foll. by to + infin. or that + clause) acknowledge with sorrow or remorse (I regret to say that you are wrong; regretted he would not be attending).
—n.
1 a feeling of sorrow, repentance, disappointment, etc., over an action or loss etc.
2 (often in pl.) an (esp. polite or formal) expression of disappointment or sorrow at an occurrence, inability to comply, etc. (refused with many regrets; heard with regret of her death).
Phrases and idioms:
give (or send) one's regrets formally decline an invitation.
Etymology: ME f. OF regreter bewail

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  • regret — [ r(ə)grɛ ] n. m. • 1530; faire regret de « manifester sa douleur à propos de » 1170; de regretter I ♦ État de conscience douloureux causé par la perte d un bien. Regret du pays natal. ⇒ nostalgie. « S attarder aux vains regrets du passé »… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • regret — REGRET. s. m. Déplaisir d avoir perdu un bien qu on avoit, ou que l on pouvoit avoir. J ay grand regret à mon Amy qui est mort. il a grand regret à l occasion qu il a perduë. il a eu de bonne marchandise, il ne doit pas avoir regret à son argent …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • regret — Regret, Desyderium. N avoir point de regret à son adolescence, Non requirere adolescentiam, B. ex Cic. De regret de celles qui estoyent demeurées derriere, Ad desyderium relictarum. Estre esmeu du regret d aucun, Desyderio alicuius moueri. Je ne… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • regret — REGRÉT, regrete, s.n. Părere de rău cauzată de pierderea unui lucru sau a unei fiinţe, de o nereuşită sau de săvârşirea unei fapte nesocotite; p. ext. remuşcare, căinţă. – Din fr. regret. Trimis de dante, 05.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  REGRÉT s.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Regret — Re*gret (r?*gr?t ), n. [F., fr. regretter. See {Regret}, v.] 1. Pain of mind on account of something done or experienced in the past, with a wish that it had been different; a looking back with dissatisfaction or with longing; grief; sorrow;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Regret — Студийный альбом EverEve …   Википедия

  • Regret — Re*gret , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Regretted} ( t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Regretting}.] [F. regretter, OF. regreter; L. pref. re re + a word of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. gr[=e]tan to weep, Icel. gr[=a]ta. See {Greet} to lament.] To experience regret …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • regret — regrèt m. fr. regret. Cu si pren sensa amor pòu ben si quitar sens regret prov. . voir pentiment …   Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • regret — [n] upset over past action affliction, anguish, annoyance, apologies, apology, bitterness, care, compunction, concern, conscience, contrition, demur, disappointment, discomfort, dissatisfaction, dole, grief, heartache, heartbreak, lamentation,… …   New thesaurus

  • regret — [ri gret′] vt. regretted, regretting [ME regretten < OFr regreter, to bewail the dead < re + Gmc base as in OE gretan, ON grata, Goth gretan, to weep] 1. to feel sorry about or mourn for (a person or thing gone, lost, etc.) 2. to feel… …   English World dictionary

  • Regret — (fr., spr. R greh), 1) Bedauern; 2) Reue; davon: Regrettiren, bedauern …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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