from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To feel sorry, disappointed, or distressed about.
- transitive v. To remember with a feeling of loss or sorrow; mourn.
- intransitive v. To feel regret.
- n. A sense of loss and longing for someone or something gone.
- n. A feeling of disappointment or distress about something that one wishes could be different.
- n. A courteous expression of regret, especially at having to decline an invitation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To feel sorry about (a thing that has happened), afterthink: to wish that a thing had not happened, that something else had happened instead.
- v. To feel sorry about (any thing).
- n. The instance of such an emotion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Pain of mind 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; grief; sorrow; especially, a mourning on account of the loss of some joy, advantage, or satisfaction.
- n. Dislike; aversion.
- transitive v. To experience regret on account of; to lose or miss with a sense of regret; to feel sorrow or dissatisfaction on account of (the happening or the loss of something)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To look back at with sorrow; feel grief or sorrowful longing for on looking back.
- To grieve at; be mentally distressed on account of: as, to regret one's rashness; to regret a choice made.
- Synonyms To rue, lament. See repentance.
- n. Grief or trouble caused by the want or loss of something formerly possessed; a painful sense of loss; desire for what is gone; sorrowful longing.
- n. Pain or distress of mind, as at something done or left undone; the earnest wish that something had not been done or did not exist; bitterness of reflection.
- n. Dislike; aversion.
- n. An expression of regret: commonly in the plural.
- n. A written communication expressing sorrow for inability to accept an invitation.
- n. Synonyms Concern, Sorrow, lamentation.
- n. Penitence, Compunction, etc. See repentance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. feel sad about the loss or absence of
- v. express with regret
- v. feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
- v. decline formally or politely
- n. sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment
Middle English regretten, to lament, from Old French regreter : re-, re- + -greter, to weep (perhaps of Germanic origin).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English regretten, from Old French regreter, regrater ("to lament"), from re- (intensive prefix) + *greter, *grater (“to weep”), from Old Frankish *grētan ("to weep, mourn, lament"; from Proto-Germanic *grētanan (“to weep”)), and Old Frankish *grēotan (“to cry, weep”), from Proto-Germanic *greutanan (“to weep, cry”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrew- (“to weep, be sad”), equivalent to re- + greet. Cognate with Middle High German grāzan ("to cry"), Old English grǣtan ("to weep, greet"), Old English grēotan ("to weep, lament"), Old Norse gráta ("to weep, groan"), Gothic 𐌲𐍂𐌴𐍄𐌰𐌽 (gretan, "to weep"). More at greet. (Wiktionary)