Meaning of “sad” in the English Dictionary

"sad" in English

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uk /sæd/ us /sæd/ sadder, saddest

sad adjective (NOT HAPPY)

A1 unhappy or sorry:

I've just received some very sad news.
She gave a sad smile.
[ + (that) ] It's sad (that) the trip had to be cancelled.
I'm so sad (that) you can't come.
[ + to infinitive ] It's sad to see so many failures this year.
I was sad to hear that they'd split up.

informal If something looks sad, it looks worse than it should because it is not being cared for:

Give those flowers some water - they're looking a little sad.

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sad adjective (UNPLEASANT)

[ before noun ] not satisfactory or pleasant:

The sad fact/truth is we can't afford to provide homes for all.
a very sad state of affairs
sad to say

C1 something you say when you are telling someone about something bad that happened:

Sad to say, the ring was never found.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈsæd.nəs/ us /ˈsæd.nəs/



Her sadness at her grandfather's death was obvious.

SADnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌes.eɪˈdiː/ us /ˌes.eɪˈdiː/

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

"sad" in American English

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us /sæd/ -dd-

sad adjective (NOT HAPPY)

showing, feeling, or causing unhappiness or regret:

I’ve just heard the saddest news.

sad adjective (UNPLEASANT)

very bad or regretted:

The sad fact is that all the trees have got the virus.


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