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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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