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regret

verb [T]
 
 
/rɪˈɡret/ ( present participle regretting, past tense and past participle regretted)
BAD DECISION B1 to feel sorry about a situation, especially something that you wish you had not done: If you don't tell her the truth you'll regret it later. [+ doing sth] I really regret leaving school so young. [+ (that)] He began to regret that he hadn't paid more attention in class.Sadness and regret
SORRY TO SAY formal B2 used to say that you are sorry that you have to tell someone about a situation: [+ to do sth] We regret to inform you that the application has been refused. [+ (that)] The council regrets that the money is no longer available.Making and accepting apologiesSadness and regret
(Definition of regret verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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