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"sadly" in British English

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sadlyadverb

uk   us   /ˈsæd.li/
  • sadly adverb (NOT HAPPY)

B2 in an ​unhappy way: "He's gone away for six ​months," she said sadly.

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  • She will be sadly ​missed by all who ​knew her.
  • "I just ​miss him." she said sadly.
  • "I ​want my Daddy back." he said, sadly.
  • He ​shook his ​head sadly.
  • Sadly, she didn't ​live that ​long.
  • sadly adverb (UNPLEASANT)

B2 in a way that is not ​satisfactory: Sadly, the ​treatment doesn't ​work for all ​patients. If you ​think she'll ​let you do that, you're sadly (= ​completely) mistaken.

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

"sadly" in American English

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sadlyadverb

 us   /ˈsæd·li/
in a ​sad or ​unhappy way: vShe ​spoke sadly about the ​loss of her ​home.
in a way that is very ​bad or ​unsatisfactory: If you ​think she doesn’t ​care, you’re sadly (= ​completely)mistaken.
(Definition of sadly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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