guilty Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"guilty" in British English

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uk   /ˈɡɪl.ti/  us   /-t̬i/

guilty adjective (FEELING)

B1 feelingguilt: I ​feel so guilty aboutforgetting her ​birthday. She must have done something ​wrong, because she's ​looking so guilty. You've got a guilty conscience - that's why you can't ​sleep.
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guilty adjective (RESPONSIBLE)

B2 responsible for ​breaking a ​law: The ​jury has to ​decide whether a ​person is guilty or ​innocent of a ​crime. A ​personaccused of a ​crime is ​presumedinnocent until proven guilty. The defendent pleaded guilty (= they ​formallyadmittedtheirguilt in ​court) to the ​charge of ​manslaughter. the guilty party the ​person who has done something ​wrong or who has ​committed a ​crime
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adverb uk   /-tɪ.li/  us   /-t̬ɪ.li/
"I don't ​know where ​yourmoney is!" she ​exclaimed guiltily.
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of guilty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guilty" in American English

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 us   /ˈɡɪl·ti/
If you ​feel guilty, you ​feel that you have done something ​wrong: I ​feel so guilty about ​forgettingyourbirthday. Someone who has a guilty ​conscience is ​unhappy because of something ​wrong that the ​personfeels he or she has done.
(Definition of guilty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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