Meaning of “sadly” in the English Dictionary

"sadly" in British English

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uk /ˈsæ us /ˈsæ

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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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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