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SAT vocabulary: lament

What does lament mean? You’re about to find out!

Quick Vocab Quiz for the word lament

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lament most nearly means

(A) meet (B) rue (C) view (D) connect (E) nudge

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Part of Speech: VERB or NOUN

Pronunciations: IPA: /lə.ˈmɛnt/ Glossary-style: [luh-MEHNT]

Definition: verb: express sorrow, grief, or regret, especially in a way that is readily apparent. mourn. noun: an expression of sorrow, grief, or regret, especially one that is written, spoken, or widely felt (Ex: widespread lament over the economy).

Give it to me straight: lament basically has to do with deep sadness, grief, or regret, especially over something that hurts deeply and cannot be changed. For example, a person could lament the loss of a dear friend or even a lost opportunity.

Example: After several decades of imbibing copious amounts of alcohol, Jerry decided to stop drinking. Although his life improved markedly afterwards as a result, he nevertheless lamented the many years he had lost to his addiction.

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By Erin Billy

Founder of TestMagic, Inc. in San Francisco, USA.

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