from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To express grief over; lament.
- transitive v. To express disapproval of or regret for; deplore: "Tom Brokaw of NBC News recently bemoaned 'the cancer of the sound bite' afflicting Presidential campaigning” ( John Tierney).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to complain about; to dismay or worry about something
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To express deep grief for by moaning; to express sorrow for; to lament; to bewail; to pity or sympathize with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lament; bewail; express sorrow for: as, to bemoan the loss of a son.
- Reflexively, to bewail one's lot.
- To pity; feel or express sympathy with or pity for.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. regret strongly
Middle English bimonen, alteration (influenced by mone, moan) of bimenen, from Old English bemǣnan : be-, be- + mǣnan, to complain of.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bemenen, bimenen, from Old English bemǣnan ("to bemoan, bewail, lament"), equivalent to be- (“about, concerning”) + moan. Alteration of vowel from Middle to Modern English due to analogy with moan. (Wiktionary)