• WordNet 3.6
    • v regret express with regret "I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"
    • v regret decline formally or politely "I regret I can't come to the party"
    • v regret feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
    • v regret feel sad about the loss or absence of
    • n regret sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment "he drank to drown his sorrows","he wrote a note expressing his regret","to his rue, the error cost him the game"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Regret Dislike; aversion.
    • Regret Pain of mind on account of something done or experienced in the past, with a wish that it had been different; a looking back with dissatisfaction or with longing; grief; sorrow; especially, a mourning on account of the loss of some joy, advantage, or satisfaction. "A passionate regret at sin.""What man does not remember with regret the first time he read Robinson Crusoe?""Never any prince expressed a more lively regret for the loss of a servant.""From its peaceful bosom [the grave] spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections."
    • v. t Regret To experience regret on account of; to lose or miss with a sense of regret; to feel sorrow or dissatisfaction on account of (the happening or the loss of something); as, to regret an error; to regret lost opportunities or friends. "Calmly he looked on either life, and here
      Saw nothing to regret , or there to fear."
      "In a few hours they [the Israelites] began to regret their slavery, and to murmur against their leader.""Recruits who regretted the plow from which they had been violently taken."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • regret To look back at with sorrow; feel grief or sorrowful longing for on looking back.
    • regret To grieve at; be mentally distressed on account of: as, to regret one's rashness; to regret a choice made.
    • regret Synonyms To rue, lament. See repentance.
    • n regret Grief or trouble caused by the want or loss of something formerly possessed; a painful sense of loss; desire for what is gone; sorrowful longing.
    • n regret Pain or distress of mind, as at something done or left undone; the earnest wish that something had not been done or did not exist; bitterness of reflection.
    • n regret Dislike; aversion.
    • n regret An expression of regret: commonly in the plural.
    • n regret A written communication expressing sorrow for inability to accept an invitation.
    • n regret Synonyms Concern, Sorrow, lamentation.
    • n regret Penitence, Compunction, etc. See repentance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Regret rē-gret′ to grieve at: to remember with sorrow
    • pr.p Regret regret′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. regret′ted
    • n Regret sorrow for anything: concern: remorse: a written expression of regret
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
  • John Barrymore
    “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”
  • Nathan Hale
    Nathan Hale
    “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
  • Woody Allen
    “My one regret in life is that I'm not someone else.”
  • George Halas
    George Halas
    “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
  • Midori Ito
    Midori Ito
    “I have no regrets because I know I did my best -- all I could do.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. regretter, OF. regreter,; L. pref. re-, re- + a word of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. grētan, to weep, Icel. grāta,. See Greet to lament


In literature:

Yet he could not admit to Sophia that he regretted what happened to the heretic.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Some part of this tragedy I was able even then to understand and regret.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
She regrets it immensely, but feels that she has no alternative.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
Ladies may express regret at being out when a gentleman called; he also should regret the absence.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
I regret very much to have been the passive cause of such an outbreak.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
All minor regrets were lost in the one big regret for the poor old, worn-out man up-stairs.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
You regretted your refusal in conventional words.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Bill's keen eyes were fixed regretfully on the shining sides of his favorite animal.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
The thing was to be regretted, but Lady Sarah knew that she was not strong enough to stand quite alone.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Can you indeed tempt me to abandon my father in his declining years, to regret and shame?
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío

In poetry:

"Nothing regrets to see thee go—
Not one voice sobs' farewell;'
And where thy heart has suffered so,
Canst thou desire to dwell?"
"Self-Interogation" by Emily Jane Bronte
Oh, vain regret! why should I stay
To think and dream of joys unknown?
You walk with her from day to day,
I faint afar off—and alone.
"To - -" by Henry Kendall
Regret is dead, but love is more
Than in the summers that are flown,
For I myself with these have grown
To something greater than before;
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 131" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Regret is dead, but love is more
Than in the summers that are flown,
For I myself with these have grown
To something greater than before;
"In Memoriam 131: O Living Will That Shalt Endure" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
To-day, my friend is seventy-five;
He tells his tale with no regret;
His brave old eyes are steadfast yet,
His heart the .lightest heart alive.
"Felix Antonius" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Yet I by this have learn'd the wit
Never to grieve or fret;
Contentedly I will submit,
And think that best which they think fit,
Without the least regret.
"Songs Set To Music: 23. Set" by Matthew Prior

In news:

With regret, the Montrose City Council approved a motion Monday authorizing the removal of the silo from Lent Park.
The Dolphins might regret starting Ryan Tannehill so soon, but they know him well.
John Minegar said his family did not have renter 's insurance, and that's something he says he truly regrets.
Gordon Regrets 'Bad Choice' At Phoenix.
We regret that as of January 22, 2008, when we eliminated the subscriber-registration requirement from the Web site, we became temporarily unable to register new forum users.
Economist Christina Romer regrets saying jobless rate would stay below 8 percent.
Once something goes online it never dies, living always to be either revisited or regretted.
Due to the advent of my 40th birthday, I regret I will not be able to see (or review) Norwich High School's musical "My Fair Lady" this year.
UT coach doesn't regret holding on to timeouts late in loss to NIU.
Shaq, Kobe will regret breakup.
It is with much regret that our time researching whales around Aldabra and in the Seychelles is coming to an end.
Topham regrets SHS homecoming dress crackdown.
The Catholic religious orders that ran more than 50 workhouse-style reform schools from the late 19th century until the mid-1990s offered public words of apology, shame and regret Wednesday.
And I 'm going to do that from now on, and shorten the list of things I have to regret when I'm working off my debts in the Afterlife.
No regrets for transgender decision, area native making her way as a woman.

In science:

We regret that, because at Moriond the collider electroweak results were presented not long before the summary session, we were not able to include them in any detail.
Summary of the 2003 Moriond Workshop on Electroweak Interactions and Unified Theories
In the definitions of expected regret and the high probability bound, the probabilities and expectations are taken w.r.t. both the randomness in the rewards r(t) and the algorithm’s random choices.
Contextual Bandit Algorithms with Supervised Learning Guarantees
The regret of the initial exploration is bounded by τ .
Contextual Bandit Algorithms with Supervised Learning Guarantees
We first bound the regret of Exp4.P to Π′ , and the regret of Π′ to Π.
Contextual Bandit Algorithms with Supervised Learning Guarantees
While this yields a simpler algorithm and achieves optimal regret up to a multiplicative constant, in general, this technique can add unnecessary probability mass to badly-performing arms; for example it can double the probability of arms whose probability would already be set to pmin .
Contextual Bandit Algorithms with Supervised Learning Guarantees