pity Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “pity” in the English Dictionary

"pity" in British English

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uk   /ˈpɪt.i/  us   /ˈpɪt̬-/
B2 [U] a ​feeling of ​sadness or ​sympathy for someone else's ​unhappiness or ​difficultsituation: The ​girlstoodgazing in/with pity at the ​oldlion in the ​cage. She ​agreed to go out with him more out of pity than anything. These ​people don't ​want pity, they ​wantpracticalhelp.
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A2 [S] mainly UK If something is ​described as a pity, it is ​disappointing or not ​satisfactory: "Can't you go to the ​party? Oh, that's (such) a pity." [+ (that)] It's a pity (that)childrenspend so little ​timeoutsidenowadays. [+ (that)] Pity (that) you didn't ​remember to give me the ​message. What a pity you're ​ill! "I called the ​restaurant, but they're ​closedtonight." "Pity." We'll have to ​leave early, more's the pity (= and I am ​unhappy about it). The pity was that so few ​peoplebothered to come.take pity (on sb) to ​feelsorry for someone, and to do something that ​shows this: We took pity on a ​couple of ​peoplewaiting in the ​rain for a ​bus and gave them a ​lift. I ​struggled up the ​steps with my ​bags until ​eventually someone took pity and ​helped me.
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pityverb [T]

uk   /ˈpɪt.i/  us   /ˈpɪt̬-/
C2 to ​feelsadness or ​sympathy for someone's ​unhappiness or ​badsituation: I pity anyone who's never been in ​love. He's ​deeplyunhappy, and more to be pitied than ​criticized. I pity you having to put up with her at ​work!
(Definition of pity from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pitynoun [U]

 us   /ˈpɪt̬·i/
sympathy and ​understanding for someone else’s ​suffering or ​troubles: She did not ​want his pity. If something is ​described as a pity, it is a ​cause for ​regret: It’s a pity you can’t come to the ​party.
verb [T]  us   /ˈpɪt̬·i/
I pity ​people who have to ​work with ​statistics.
(Definition of pity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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