verb (used with object), re·gret·ted, re·gret·ting.
- regressive assimilation,
- regressive staining,
- regressive tax,
Origin of regret
Examples from the Web for regret
Scalise has called the talk, which he delivered in a hotel outside New Orleans, “a mistake I regret.”
And his understandable expressions of regret—now that his book is tanking—come as too little, too late.
It is based on this regret, actually, with respect to the attitude we have had toward them.
He would not relinquish presidential power and live to regret it, like his cousin.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR|John Avlon|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pitre is right, combat is about screw-ups, bad officers, apathetic contractors, regret, unfairness, and impossible missions.'Fives and Twenty-Fives' Is Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone|Brian Castner|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We parted with reciprocal expressions of regret and benediction.
A sudden impulse seized me which I have never ceased to regret.
And he heard a growling voice utter harshly: "You will regret this interference, Trent!"The Monster|S. M. Tenneshaw
He would consent to leave her;—but, as he thought of it in his solitude, his eyes became moist with regret.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
She took it quietly, but deeply, which troubled my private sense of relief, and indeed turned it into something very like regret.The Book of Susan|Lee Wilson Dodd
verb -grets, -gretting or -gretted (tr)
Word Origin for regret
"to look back with distress or sorrowful longing; to grieve for on remembering," late 14c., from Old French regreter "long after, bewail, lament someone's death; ask the help of" (Modern French regretter), from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + -greter, possibly from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old English grætan "to weep;" Old Norse grata "to weep, groan"), from Proto-Germanic *gretan "weep." "Not found in other Romance languages, and variously explained" [Century Dictionary].
Related: Regretted; regretting. Replaced Old English ofþyncan, from of- "off, away," here denoting opposition, + þyncan "seem, seem fit" (as in methinks).
"pain or distress in the mind at something done or left undone," 1530s, from the verb, or from Middle French regret, back-formation from regreter (see regret (v.)).