Meaning of “regret” in the English Dictionary

"regret" in English

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regretnoun [ C or U ]

uk /rɪˈɡret/ 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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regretverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈɡret/ 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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(Definition of “regret” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /rɪˈɡret/ -tt-

to feel sorry or unhappy about something you did or were unable to do:

[ T ] He regretted his decision to leave school.
[ + (that) clause ] I regret (that) I didn’t buy more when they were on sale.
[ T ] I’m going to regret eating all those nachos.

fml Regret is also used to express in a polite way that you feel sorry about something:

[ + (that) clause ] My husband regrets (that) he couldn’t be here tonight.
[ + to infinitive ] The weather, I regret to say, is getting worse.

(Definition of “regret” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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I express my regret for the delay.
We regret the fact that the call to moderate the 'polluter pays' principle was endorsed, for that could open the door to misuse in the application of this specific prerogative.
I regret this too.
Nonetheless, we must regret that the budget allocated to this enlargement is inadequate for the scale of the project and for our common future.
Anyone under 18 years of age is extremely vulnerable and could be coerced into something they may regret in later years.
I regret the way that the coalition agreements in my own country mean that it is precisely this that is to be done away with.
Which is something we both regret.
I regret to say that the strategy papers reviewed so far show the transport sector receiving 35% and macroeconomic support 25% of all programmable resources.
I also regard it as a matter for great regret that the legal profession has shown so little backbone on this issue.
We also regret the lack of any reference to, or even mention of, the need to protect biodiversity, which is one of the most important assets of the outermost regions.

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