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REGRET (regretted, regretting)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does regret mean? 

REGRET (noun)
  The noun REGRET has 1 sense:

1. sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

  Familiarity information: REGRET used as a noun is very rare.


REGRET (verb)
  The verb REGRET has 4 senses:

1. feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
2. feel sad about the loss or absence of
3. decline formally or politely
4. be sorry

  Familiarity information: REGRET used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


REGRET (noun)


Sense 1regret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

regret; ruefulness; sorrow; rue

Context examples:

he drank to drown his sorrows / he wrote a note expressing his regret / to his rue, the error cost him the game

Hypernyms ("regret" is a kind of...):

sadness; unhappiness (emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "regret"):

attrition; contriteness; contrition (sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation)

compunction; remorse; self-reproach (a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed))


REGRET (verb)


Sense 1regret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

regret; rue; repent

Hypernyms (to "regret" is one way to...):

experience; feel (undergo an emotional sensation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Sentence example:

They regret to move


Sense 2regret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feel sad about the loss or absence of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Hypernyms (to "regret" is one way to...):

miss (feel or suffer from the lack of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3regret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decline formally or politely

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I regret I can't come to the party

Hypernyms (to "regret" is one way to...):

decline; refuse (show unwillingness towards)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Sense 4regret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be sorry

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard

Hypernyms (to "regret" is one way to...):

inform (impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "regret"):

fear (be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


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