regret: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ri-gret'), [key]
— v., n. -gret•ted, -gret•ting,
  1. to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.): He no sooner spoke than he regretted it.
  2. to think of with a sense of loss: to regret one's vanished youth.
  1. a sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction, etc.
  2. a feeling of sorrow or remorse for a fault, act, loss, disappointment, etc.
  3. a polite, usually formal refusal of an invitation: I sent her my regrets.
  4. a note expressing regret at one's inability to accept an invitation: I have had four acceptances and one regret.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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