forlorn Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “forlorn” in the English Dictionary

"forlorn" in British English

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forlornadjective

uk   /fəˈlɔːn/  us   /fɚˈlɔːrn/

forlorn adjective (SAD)

literary alone and ​unhappy; ​leftalone and not ​cared for: She ​looked a forlorn ​figurestanding at the ​busstop. literary A forlorn ​placefeelsempty and ​sad: This forlorn ​industrialtown has very high ​unemployment.

forlorn adjective (UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED)

[before noun] very ​unlikely to be ​achieved or to ​succeed: Their only ​hope now is that the ​outsideworld will ​intervene but it is an ​increasingly forlorn hope. She ​appeared on ​daytime TV in a forlorn attempt to ​persuade the ​public of her ​innocence.
forlornly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
She ​sat forlornly (= ​alone and ​unhappy)looking out to ​sea.
(Definition of forlorn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"forlorn" in American English

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forlornadjective

 us   /fɔrˈlɔrn, fər-/
looking or ​feelingalone and ​sad because you need ​help but do not ​expect to get it: As I ​left little Bobby on his first ​day of ​school, he gave me such a forlorn ​look.
(Definition of forlorn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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