1
[ verb ] feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

Synonyms

rue repent

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 .

Related terms

feel sorrow

2
[ noun ] sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

Synonyms

sorrow rue ruefulness

Examples

"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 .

3
[ verb ] feel sad about the loss or absence of

Used in print

(The New York Times...)

In recent days there have been extensive lamentations over the absence of original drama on television , but not for years have many regretted the passing of new plays on radio .

Related terms

miss sorrow

4
[ verb ] decline formally or politely

Examples

"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 '' .

Related terms

refuse

5
[ verb ] be sorry

Examples

"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 '' .

Related terms

inform fear sorrow

6
[ verb ] regret strongly

Examples

"I deplore this hostile action" "we lamented the loss of benefits"

Related terms

complain mourner

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