Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To express grief over; lament.
  • transitive verb To express disapproval of or regret for; deplore.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To express deep grief for by moaning; to express sorrow for; to lament; to bewail; to pity or sympathize with.

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  • verb transitive to complain about; to dismay or worry about something

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb regret strongly

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English bimonen, alteration (influenced by mone, moan) of bimenen, from Old English bemǣnan : be-, be- + mǣnan, to complain of; see mei-no- in Indo-European roots.]

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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.

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