US: /ɹəˈɡɹɛt/, /ɹɪˈɡɹɛt/
UK: /ɹɪɡɹˈɛt/

English Vietnamese dictionary

regret /ri'gret/
  • danh từ
    • lòng thương tiếc
    • sự hối tiếc; sự ân hận
      • to express regret for: xin lỗi
      • I express my regret for what I have done: tôi xin lỗi về việc tôi đã làm
    • to one's deep regret
      • rất lấy làm tiếc
    • to my deep regret I cannot accept your invitation: rất lấy làm tiếc là tôi không thể nhận lời mời của ông được
  • ngoại động từ
    • thương tiếc
    • hối tiếc, tiếc
      • I regret being unable to came: tôi tiếc là không thể đến được
      • I regret to inform you that: tôi lấy làm tiếc báo để ông hay rằng

Advanced English dictionary

verb, noun
+ verb (-tt-)
1 to feel sorry about sth you have done or about sth that you have not been able to do: [VN] If you don't do it now, you'll only regret it. + The decision could be one he lives to regret. + 'I've had a wonderful life,' she said, 'I don't regret a thing.' + She regretted the words the moment they were out of her mouth. + [V -ing] He bitterly regretted ever having mentioned it. + [V wh-] I deeply regret what I said. [also V that]
2 (formal) used to say in a polite or formal way that you are sorry or sad about a situation: [VN] The airline regrets any inconvenience. + [V that] I regret that I am unable to accept your kind invitation. + [V to inf] We regret to inform you that your application has not been successful. + [VN that] It is to be regretted that so many young people leave school without qualifications.
+ noun [U, C] a feeling of sadness or disappointment that you have because of sth that has happened or sth that you have done or not done: It is with great regret that I accept your resignation. + She expressed her regret at the decision. + a pang / twinge of regret + I have no regrets about leaving Newcastle (= I do not feel sorry about it). + What is your greatest regret (= the thing that you are most sorry about doing or not doing)? + He gave up teaching in 1997, much to the regret of his students.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 rue, mourn, lament, bemoan, bewail, repent, be or feel sorry for, feel remorse for, feel or be remorseful over, be or feel upset, never forgive oneself, deplore, deprecate, weep or cry over:
You will regret speaking to me that way! The management regrets any inconvenience caused by the redecoration of the restaurant.
2 Sometimes, regrets. repentance, guilt, sorrow, disappointment, contrition, remorse, regretfulness, (pang or pangs of) conscience, self-reproach, self-condemnation, qualm, second thoughts, rue, ruefulness, grief, woe, sadness, mournfulness, Literary dolour:
He felt no regret for his evil deeds. Do you ever have any regrets over the way you treated him?
3 regrets. refusal, non-acceptance, non-consent, US turn-down:
Thank you for the invitation, but I must tender my regrets.

Collocation dictionary


big, bitter, deep, genuine, great, profound, real, sincere
Her biggest regret was that she had never had children. She expressed deep regret at the incident.


pang, stab, tinge, twinge


feel, have
I have absolutely no regrets about resigning.
| express, show


to your ~
To my regret, I lost touch with her years ago.
| with ~
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr Fred Fisher.
| without ~
She thought of them without regret.
| ~ about/over
She showed no regret about leaving her country.
| ~ at
my sincere regret at what has happened
| ~ for
She enjoyed living alone, but felt a tiny pang of regret for her mother's cooking.


expression of regret
The police offered no expression of regret at his wrongful arrest.
| a matter for/of regret
I never learned to play an instrument and that's a matter of some regret.


bitterly, deeply, greatly, really, very much
The president said that his country deeply regretted the incident.
| rather | immediately, instantly
I immediately regretted not asking for his name and address.
| later
Pierre told them some things he later regretted telling.
| never


begin to | come to, live to
She knew that she would live to regret this decision.

Concise English dictionary

+sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment
+feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
+feel sad about the loss or absence of
+decline formally or politely
+be sorry