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English definition of “sorry”

sorry

adjective (SAD)    /ˈsɒr.i/ US  /ˈsɔːr-/
A2 [after verb] feeling sadness, sympathy, or disappointment, especially because something unpleasant has happened or been done: I'm just sorry about all the trouble I've caused her. He'd really upset her and he didn't seem at all sorry. [+ (that)] I'm sorry (that) you had such a difficult journey. [+ to infinitive] We were both sorry to hear you've been ill again. I feel so sorry for the children - it must be really hard for them.Feeling sad and unhappy feel sorry for yourself disapproving to feel sad because you have a problem and you feel that it is not fair that you are suffering so much: He sounded very sorry for himself on the phone.Feeling sad and unhappy I'm sorry to say used to show that something that must be said causes sadness or disappointment: I'm sorry to say that the project's funding has been cancelled. Most people who start the course do, I'm sorry to say, give up within the first two weeks.Making and accepting apologies
(Definition of sorry adjective (SAD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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