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bad

adjective (UNPLEASANT)    /bæd/
A1 (worse, worst) unpleasant and causing difficulties or harm : Our holiday was spoiled by bad weather . We've just had some very bad news . I had a very bad night (= did not sleep well) last night . Watch out - he's in a bad mood (= being unpleasant to everyone). She's just a bad loser (= she is unpleasant when she loses ). The company has been getting a lot of bad publicity (= negative things have been written or said about it) recently . The lines were so bad (= unpleasantly long ) that I didn't bother waiting . The company's financial situation is looking rather bad at the moment . The damage caused by the storm was nothing like as/ nowhere near as bad (= not as serious ) as we'd feared it might be. Breathing in other people's cigarette smoke is bad for you (= has a harmful effect on your health ). This is rather a bad (= not convenient or suitable ) time for me to talk . Can I call you back later ?Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad not (too) bad A2 informal quite good or satisfactory : "How are things?" "Not too bad, thanks ."Quite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable not bad informal very good: He was best in his age group - not bad, eh?Informal words for goodGood, better and bestQuite good, or not very good feel bad B1 to feel ashamed and sorry : Knowing that I hurt her makes me feel really bad. I feel bad about letting them down.Sadness and regret go from bad to worse If a situation goes from bad to worse, it was difficult and unpleasant , and is becoming even more so: Things have gone from bad to worse.Deteriorating and making worse badness     /ˈbæd.nəs/ noun [U] the quality of being evil or morally unacceptable : There is goodness and badness in everyone.Morally wrong and evilDishonest
(Definition of bad adjective (UNPLEASANT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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