Meaning of “ashamed” in the English Dictionary


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ashamedadjective [ after verb ]

uk /əˈʃeɪmd/ us /əˈʃeɪmd/

B1 feeling guilty or embarrassed about something you have done or about a quality in your character:

You've got nothing to be ashamed of.
She ought to be thoroughly ashamed of herself - talking to her mother like that!
[ + to infinitive ] He was ashamed to admit to his mistake.
[ + that ] I was ashamed that I'd made so little effort.
I'm ashamed to be seen with you when you behave so badly!
I felt so ashamed of myself for making such a fuss.
I'm so ashamed of you (= embarrassed to be connected with you)!

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(Definition of “ashamed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /əˈʃeɪmd/

feeling bad because you are aware that others know that you or someone connected with you has done something wrong or embarrassing:

[ + to infinitive ] Pedro was never ashamed to admit his mistakes.
I felt deeply ashamed for my father’s impoliteness.
You have nothing to be ashamed of.
[ + to infinitive ] She was ashamed to ask her brother for money.

(Definition of “ashamed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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