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Definitions of regret

  1. feel sad about the loss or absence of
  2. be sorry; " I regret to say..."
  3. decline formally or politely; " I regret I can't come to the party"
  4. feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
  5. sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; " he drank to drown his sorrows"; " he wrote a note expressing his regret"; " to his rue, the error cost him the game"
  6. regret strongly; " I deplore this hostile action"; " we lamented the loss of benefits"
  7. be sorry; " I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"
  8. Dislike; aversion.
  9. 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; especially, a mourning on account of the loss of some joy, advantage, or satisfaction.
  10. To experience regret on account of; to lose or miss with a sense of regret; to feel sorrow or dissatisfaction on account of ( the happening or the loss of something); as, to regret an error; to regret lost opportunities or friends.
  11. Those affective states which can be experienced and have arousing and motivational properties.
  12. Mental sorrow for anything, as for past conduct or neglect.
  13. To remember with distress; wish that ( something) had not happened; feel sorry for the loss of; as, what we lose, we regret.
  14. Regretted.
  15. Regretting.
  16. To grieve at: to remember with sorrow:- pr. p. regretting: pa. t. and pa. p. regretted.
  17. Sorrow for anything: concern: remorse.
  18. Sorrow; remorse; concern; grief for the past.
  19. To grieve at; remember with sorrow.
  20. To look back to with distress; grieve over; remember with longing.
  21. Sorrow for something that can not be recalled or prevented; grief; concern.
  22. Regretful.
  23. Regretly.
  24. Pain of mind due to reflection on some loss or past action or negligence; sorrow.
  25. To remember with sorrow; to grieve at; to lament.
  26. A slight degree of grief or sorrow arising from some occurrence of the past; pain of conscience for some fault; slight remorse.
  27. To remember with pain of mind; to grieve at; to be sorry for; to repent of.
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Usage examples for regret

  1. Have you any feeling of regret Annibal, at leaving this place?" – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  2. You might regret not having taken the chance. – Carl and the Cotton Gin by Sara Ware Bassett
  3. " I cannot feel sorry," I said; " I do not regret it." – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  4. You will not make me regret having told you this- will you? – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  5. You ought to make the attempt; I don't believe you would regret it. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  6. Once or twice he spoke of it with regret – A Prince of Good Fellows by Robert Barr
  7. I regret the day I ever saw him. – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  8. If you are angry, I regret it deeply, but I am innocent. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  9. Day- after- to- morrow she would taste Freedom again, and her profoundest regret was that after all her Aunt Julia was not to be married. – Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington
  10. That could be a mistake you'll regret – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  11. But we had little time to think of regret – The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
  12. " It looks like a fine thing," he declared with a note of regret – Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford by George Randolph Chester
  13. They soon found the walk much longer than they had anticipated, and began to regret that they had not come in a carriage. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  14. Much to his regret I believe, he was not even under fire. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  15. If you stay another minute I'll regret it, and so will you. – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  16. Do it for my sake, you won't regret it. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  17. There was too much time for thought and room for regret – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  18. One may almost regret that he did not send it. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  19. I regret I did so. – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  20. They will regret war when it comes. – The American Empire by Scott Nearing
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