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Meaning of “regret” in the English Dictionary

"regret" in British English

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regretnoun [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 ​leftschool at 16, but I've had a ​greatlife and I have no regrets. The ​managerexpresseddeep regret at/for the ​number of ​staffreductions. We ​think, much toour 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 ​politemessage 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   us   /rɪˈɡret/ (-tt-)
B1 to ​feelsorry about a ​situation, ​especially something ​sad or ​wrong or a ​mistake that you have made: Is there anything you've done in ​yourlife that you regret? [+ -ing verb] I have always regretted not havingstudiedharder at ​school. [+ (that)] formal The ​council regrets (that) the ​money to ​subsidize the ​youthclub is no ​longeravailable. [+ to infinitive] formal British Airways regret toannounce 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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regretverb

 us   /rɪˈɡret/ (-tt-)
to ​feelsorry or ​unhappy about something you did or were ​unable to do: [T] He regretted his ​decision to ​leaveschool. [+ (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 ​feelsorry 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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