Meaning of REGRET in English

(~s, ~ting, ~ted)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


If you ~ something that you have done, you wish that you had not done it.

I simply gave in to him, and I’ve ~ted it ever since...

Ellis seemed to be ~ting that he had asked the question...

Five years later she ~s having given up her home.

VERB: V n, V that, V -ing


Regret is a feeling of sadness or disappointment, which is caused by something that has happened or something that you have done or not done.

Lillee said he had no ~s about retiring.



You can say that you ~ something as a polite way of saying that you are sorry about it. You use expressions such as I ~ to say or I ~ to inform you to show that you are sorry about something.

‘I very much ~ the injuries he sustained,’ he said...

I ~ that the United States has added its voice to such protests...

Her lack of co-operation is nothing new, I ~ to say...

VERB: V n, V that, V to-inf politeness


If someone expresses ~ about something, they say that they are sorry about it. (FORMAL)

He expressed great ~ and said that surgeons would attempt to reverse the operation...

She has accepted his resignation with ~.


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