• IPA: /ɹɪˈɡɹɛt/, /ɹəˈɡɹɛt/, /ɹiˈɡɹɛt/

regret (regrets, present participle regretting; past and past participle regretted)

  1. To feel sorry about (a thing that has or has not happened), afterthink: to wish that a thing had not happened, that something else had happened instead.
    He regretted his words.
  2. (more generally) To feel sorry about (any thing).
    I regret that I have to do this, but I don't have a choice.
  3. (archaic, transitive) To miss; to feel the loss or absence of.
    • 1845, The Church of England Magazine (volume 19, page 301)
      He more than ever regretted his home, and with increased desire longed to see his family.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: rammaricarsi
  • Russian: сожале́ть
  • Spanish: lamentar


  1. Emotional pain 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.
    • 1828, Thomas Macaulay, John Dryden
      What man does not remember with regret the first time he read Robinson Crusoe?
    • Never any prince expressed a more lively regret for the loss of a servant.
    • From its peaceful bosom [the grave] spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections.
  2. (obsolete) Dislike; aversion.

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