re|gret1 [rıˈgret] v past tense and past participle regretted present participle regretting [T]
[Date: 1400-1500; : Old French; Origin: regreter]
1.) to feel sorry about something you have done and wish you had not done it
I've never regretted the decision.
Don't do anything you might regret.
regret doing sth
I now regret leaving school so young.
regret (that)
He was beginning to regret that he'd come along.
bitterly/deeply/greatly regret
It was a stupid thing to do and I bitterly regret it.
If we don't act now, we'll live to regret it (=we'll regret it in the future) .
2.) [not in progressive] formal
used in official letters or statements when saying that you are sorry or sad about something
We regret any inconvenience caused to our customers.
regret (that)
I regret that I will be unable to attend.
regret to say/inform/tell
I regret to inform you that your contract will not be renewed.
WORD CHOICE: regret, be sorry
Regret is very formal when it is used to apologize : I deeply regret causing you offence.
It is more usual to say you are sorry : I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings.
If you regret doing something, you wish you had not done it : Do you regret resigning from your job? | I asked him to join us, then regretted it.
You can say you are sorry about something that you wish you had not done, or something that is not your fault : I was sorry that she decided not to come back.
You can say that you are sorry to say something or regret to say something before giving bad news : I am sorry to tell you that you failed the test. |We regret to inform you that no trains will run today.
regret 2
regret2 n
1.) [C usually plural, U]
sadness that you feel about something, especially because you wish it had not happened
regret about
I have no regrets about leaving.
great/deep regret
She has already expressed deep regret for what happened.
with regret
I decided with some regret that it was time to move on.
It is with great regret that I must decline your offer.
to sb's regret
I lost touch with her, much to my regret.
2.) give/send your regrets
formal to say that you are unable to go to a meeting, accept an invitation etc
My father was ill and had to send his regrets.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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