verb (used with object), re·gret·ted, re·gret·ting.
Origin of regret
Synonyms for regret
Antonyms for regret
Related Words for regrettinglament, grieve, repent, bemoan, apologize, deplore, moan, bewail, deprecate, repine, disapprove, rue, mourn, weep, miss
Examples from the Web for regretting
Contemporary Examples of 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
April 15, 2014
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
February 27, 2013
Historical Examples of regretting
I gave way to my despair, regretting that I had let him go away.My Double Life
But as it has gone so far, and it is necessary for us to act, it is of no use shrinking or regretting.Barnaby Rudge
Ever since he had been a master-printer on his own account, he had been regretting the fact.Cleo The Magnificent
At every hour, he had to listen to his wife praising and regretting her first husband.Therese Raquin
You will be regretting by now that you did not kill me too, as I invited you on that occasion.Scaramouche
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.)).