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regret

noun [C or U] uk   us   /rɪˈɡret/
B2 a feeling of sadness about something sad or wrong or about a mistake that you have made, and a wish that it could have been different and better: I left school at 16, but I've had a great life and I have no regrets. The manager expressed deep regret at/for the number of staff reductions. We think, much to our regret (= and we are very sorry about this), that we will not be able to visit you next year.send (sb) your regrets to send a polite message that you cannot go to a party, etc.: We did have an invitation, but we had to send Graham our regrets.
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regret

verb [T] uk   us   /rɪˈɡret/ (-tt-)
B1 to feel sorry about a situation, especially something sad or wrong or a mistake that you have made: Is there anything you've done in your life that you regret? [+ -ing verb] I have always regretted not having studied harder at school. [+ (that)] formal The council regrets (that) the money to subsidize the youth club is no longer available. [+ to infinitive] formal British Airways regret to announce the cancellation of flight BA205 to Madrid.
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