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"ashamed" in British English

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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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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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