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Meaning of “ashamed” in the English Dictionary

"ashamed" in British English

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ashamedadjective [after verb]

uk   us   /əˈʃeɪmd/
B1 feelingguilty or ​embarrassed about something you have done or about a ​quality in ​yourcharacter: 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 toadmit 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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  • I'm ashamed of you. You're ​big enough to ​knowbetter.
  • Whoever ​uprooted that ​tree ought to be ashamed of themselves.
  • You should be ashamed of yourselves.
  • I've never been ashamed of my ​homosexuality.
  • I haven't ​finished my ​essay, I'm ashamed to say.
(Definition of ashamed from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ashamed" in American English

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ashamedadjective

 us   /əˈʃeɪmd/
feelingbad because you are ​aware that ​othersknow that you or someone ​connected with you has done something ​wrong or ​embarrassing: [+ to infinitive] Pedro was never ashamed to ​admit his ​mistakes. I ​feltdeeply 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)
Translations of “ashamed”
in Korean 부끄러운…
in Arabic خَجْلان…
in Malaysian perasaan malu…
in French honteux…
in Russian стыдиться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 羞恥的,羞愧的, 不好意思的,難為情的…
in Italian pieno di vergogna…
in Turkish utanmış, mahcup…
in Polish zawstydzony, ≈ wstydzić się…
in Spanish avergonzado…
in Vietnamese xấu hổ…
in Portuguese envergonhado…
in Thai ซึ่งละอายใจ…
in German sich schämen…
in Catalan avergonyit…
in Japanese (道徳的に)恥ずかしい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 羞耻的,羞愧的, 不好意思的,难为情的…
in Indonesian malu…
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