ADJ. 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.
QUANT. pang, stab, tinge, twinge
VERB + REGRET feel, have I have absolutely no regrets about resigning. | express, show
PREP. 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.
PHRASES 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.
ADV. 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
VERB + REGRET begin to | come to, live to She knew that she would live to regret this decision.