verb (used with object)

  1. to feel or express sorrow or regret for: to lament his absence.
  2. to mourn for or over.

verb (used without object)

  1. to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow, or regret.
  2. to mourn deeply.


  1. an expression of grief or sorrow.
  2. a formal expression of sorrow or mourning, especially in verse or song; an elegy or dirge.


  1. to feel or express sorrow, remorse, or regret (for or over)


  1. an expression of sorrow
  2. a poem or song in which a death is lamented

v.mid-15c., back-formation from lamentation or else from Middle French lamenter “to moan, bewail” (14c.) and directly from Latin lamentari, from lamentum (see lamentation). Related: Lamented; lamenting. n.1590s, from Middle French lament and directly from Latin lamentum (see lamentation).

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