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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: regret /rɪˈɡret/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyregret
he/she/itregrets
present participleregretting
past tenseregretted
past participleregretted

Related dictionary definitions

  1. to feel sorry or sad that something has happened

    We regret any inconvenience caused by the delay.

    regret (that):

    I regret that I will not be with you on such an important occasion.

    1. a.
      to feel sorry or sad about something that you have said or done

      Haven't you ever said anything you regret?

      I'm glad you're coming with us. You won't regret it.

      regret doing something:

      I don't regret moving to New York.

      live to regret something (=regret it later):

      This is one decision you'll live to regret.

      deeply regret:

      I deeply regret what happened – there is no excuse for it.

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