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regretverb

 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.
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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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