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English noun: regret

1. regret (feeling) sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

SamplesHe drank to drown his sorrows.
He wrote a note expressing his regret.
To his rue, the error cost him the game.

Synonymsrue, ruefulness, sorrow

Broader (hypernym)sadness, unhappiness

Narrower (hyponym)attrition, compunction, contriteness, contrition, remorse, self-reproach

English verb: regret

1. regret (emotion) feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

ExamplesThey regret to move

Synonymsrepent, rue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)experience, feel

2. regret (emotion) feel sad about the loss or absence of

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)miss

3. regret (communication) decline formally or politely

SamplesI regret I can't come to the party.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)decline, refuse

Verb groupregret

4. regret (communication) express with regret

SamplesI regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)inform

Narrower (hyponym)fear

Verb groupregret

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