verb (used with object), re·gret·ted, re·gret·ting.
- regressive assimilation,
- regressive staining,
- regressive tax,
Origin of regret
Examples from the Web for regretted
In The Lay of the Land, Frank met with a failing octogenarian friend and visited a funeral home—and regretted both.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe|Tom LeClair|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was time to sell the GM building, something his son says he regretted until his death in 2003.‘Housewife Tycoon’ Took On ‘Mad Men’ NYC Real Estate Market and Won|Vicky Ward|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dima also regretted that they had just put the tools away before the man came in, hoping to finish before the match began.
And then I regretted turning down this, but I was so grateful that it came back around.James Franco Uncensored: The Actor on Broadway, NYT Hate, and That Half-Naked Instagram|Marlow Stern|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He, quite reasonably, regretted doing it in the open water with a near stranger on national television.
Nevertheless, he regretted the very smell of the gas and the noise of the omnibuses.Sentimental Education Vol 1|Gustave Flaubert
His class room will never be forgotten by those who delighted to go to it, and regretted to leave it.The History of Dartmouth College|Baxter Perry Smith
In all this the matter had arranged itself as such matters do, and there was nothing, in truth, to be regretted.The Eustace Diamonds|Anthony Trollope
I have often regretted my last words to Colvin on this occasion.Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt|Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
It is much to be regretted that the descent was ever allowed to take place.Umbrellas and their History|William Sangster
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.)).