Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • It noted that if it did repatriate cash it could change the company's effective tax rate; companies typically bemoan the high taxes on repatriated cash, and hope the U.S. government declares a temporary tax break on repatriation as it has occasionally done in the past.

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  • Mourinho described the second leg in Barcelona as "mission impossible" as he continued to bemoan his side's treatment by the referee.

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  • And so, finally, as others bemoan the death of American leadership, a candidate has the hubris to invoke a grand dream and the media and others pile on.

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  • Replays showed the striker was offside as Huth played the ball on in a crowded penalty area, leaving the Derby County manager, Nigel Clough, to bemoan his luck.

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  • It's always pleasant – in fact, the title track starts off as if they're trying to throw a little Rumer into the mix as well – but never quite manages to step beyond that, even as they bemoan the fate of "old Missy, living her life in vain".

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  • Each could bemoan circumstances in the back four that see the centre-half and captain Nemanja Vidic lost to injury for the season just when Rio Ferdinand, as he ages, needs the aid of the Serb more than ever.

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  • I love food – am a total foodie, and I bemoan the lack of food in romance as well.

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