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regret

noun [C or U]     /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.Sadness and regret 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.Refusing and rejecting
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