Meaning of “disappointed” in the English Dictionary

"disappointed" in British English

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disappointedadjective

uk /ˌdɪs.əˈpɔɪn.tɪd/ us /ˌdɪs.əˈpɔɪn.t̬ɪd/

B1 unhappy because someone or something was not as good as you hoped or expected, or because something did not happen:

We were deeply disappointed at/about the result.
His parents were bitterly disappointed in/with him.
[ + (that) ] She was disappointed (that) they hadn't phoned.
[ + to infinitive ] He was disappointed to find they'd already left.
If you're expecting Dad to let you borrow his car, you're going to be sorely disappointed.

More examples

  • She was disappointed to see her essay returned with a mass of corrections in red ink.
  • I was a bit disappointed just to be given a B, as I was hoping for an A.
  • When the magician didn't turn up for his birthday party, Dan was terribly disappointed.
  • We were really disappointed by the hotel when we got there - it was nothing like the description in the brochure.
  • Of course, he's disappointed not to have been chosen for the school team.
disappointedly
adverb uk /ˌdɪs.əˈpɔɪn.tɪd.li/ us /ˌdɪs.əˈpɔɪn.t̬ɪd.li/

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

"disappointed" in American English

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disappointedadjective

us /ˌdɪs·əˈpɔɪn·tɪd/

unhappy or discouraged because your hopes or expectations about something or someone were not satisfied:

Obviously, we were disappointed in the jury’s verdict.
I’m disappointed by the way our team played today.
[ + to infinitive ] We were extremely disappointed to receive this information.

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