Meaning of “disappointment” in the English Dictionary


"disappointment" in English

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uk /ˌdɪs.əˈpɔɪnt.mənt/ us /ˌdɪs.əˈpɔɪnt.mənt/

B1 [ U ] the feeling of being disappointed:

Get tickets early to avoid disappointment.
To my (great) disappointment (= sadness), he decided to leave.

B1 [ C usually singular ] something or someone that is not what you were hoping it would be:

The party turned out to be a huge disappointment.
I always felt I was a disappointment to my parents.

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

"disappointment" in American English

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disappointmentnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌdɪs·əˈpɔɪnt·mənt/

the unhappiness or discouragement that results when your hopes or expectations have not been satisfied, or someone or something that is not as good as you had hoped or expected:

[ U ] Her disappointment showed on her face.
[ C ] After two losing seasons, we felt he was a disappointment as a coach.

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