verb (used with object), re·gret·ted, re·gret·ting.
- regressive assimilation,
- regressive staining,
- regressive tax,
Origin of regret
Examples from the Web for regretting
Presumably to pursue a long career of regretting that he left a lead role on the best show on network television.Life After TV Death: How Shows Like ‘Game of Thrones’ Kill Your Favorite Characters|Phillip Maciak|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's better to regret not having kids then having them and regretting it.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories|Harry Siegel|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But Liz shrank away, regretting her provocative glances now that she saw the kind of men she had to do with.Earth's Enigmas|Charles G. D. Roberts
The poor girl left her lover with a heavy heart, regretting that her scheme had proved unsuccessful.Three Years in Europe|William Wells Brown
Besides, I had another reason for regretting that she was not with me.Melchior's Dream and Other Tales|Juliana Horatia Ewing
Ever since, all through the three years, she had been regretting it.
He had soon marked down the buoy and was regretting that it would be only a matter of twenty minutes before we must land.Margarita's Soul|Ingraham Lovell
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.)).