[ verb ] feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
Used in print(High Fidelity, 11:10...)
I , for one , rather regret that Schnabel did n't collaborate with the Budapest_Quartet , whose rugged , athletic playing was a good_deal closer to this pianist 's interpretative outlook than the style of the Belgian group .(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
And no_doubt many people in states like the Carolinas and Georgia , which were among the most Tory in sentiment in the eighteenth century , bitterly regretted the revolt against the Crown .
[ noun ] 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"
Used in print(Tristram Coffin, Not to the Swift....)
Like Mrs._Dalloway , with her regrets about Peter_Walsh , he had his moments of melancholy over a youth too well spent .(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)
There would still be plenty of moments of regret and sadness and guilty relief .
[ verb ] decline formally or politely
"I regret I can't come to the party"
Used in print(The Oregonian, [Portland],...)
But he emphasized that the agency must train people within its own employ to fulfill what Field handles , and he said he personally `` regrets very_much that the agency has not done this in_the_past '' .
[ verb ] be sorry
"I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"
Used in print(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)
`` Dearly beloved '' , he preached , `` unless you repent of your sins in a measure , and become converted to a degree , you will , I regret to say , be damned to a more_or_less extent '' .