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

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uk   /ˈsɒr.i/  us   /ˈsɔːr-/

sorry adjective (SAD)

A2 [after verb] feelingsadness, ​sympathy, or ​disappointment, ​especially because something ​unpleasant has ​happened or been done: I'm just sorry about all the ​trouble I've ​caused her. He'd really ​upset her and he didn't ​seem at all sorry. [+ (that)] I'm sorry (that) you had such a ​difficultjourney. [+ to infinitive] We were both sorry to ​hear you've been ​ill again. I feel so sorry fortheirkids - it must be really hard for them.feel sorry for yourself disapproving to ​feelsad because you have a ​problem and you ​feel that it is not ​fair that you are ​suffering so much: He ​sounded very sorry for himself on the ​phone.I'm sorry to say used to show that something that must be said ​causessadness or ​disappointment: I'm sorry to say that the project's ​funding has been ​cancelled. Most ​people who ​start the ​exerciseclass do, I'm sorry to say, give up within the first two ​weeks.
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sorry adjective (APOLOGY)

A1 [after verb] used to say that you ​wish you had not done what you have done, ​especially when you ​want to be ​polite to someone you have done something ​bad to: Oh, I'm sorry - I didn't ​see you there. Tom, I'm so sorry about last ​night - it was all my ​fault. I've said I'm sorry.
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sorry adjective (SAYING NO)

I'm sorry
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B2 used to show ​politeness when ​refusing something or ​disagreeing: I'm sorry, but I ​think you've made a ​mistake. I'm sorry, I can't ​agree.

sorry adjective (BAD CONDITION)

sorry sight, state, tale, etc. a ​badcondition or ​situation: He was a sorry ​sight when he got ​home - ​soaking and ​covered in ​mud. It's a sorry ​situation when there isn't any ​food in the ​house.


uk   /ˈsɒr.i/  us   /ˈsɔːr-/

sorry exclamation (APOLOGY)

used when ​apologizing for something: "That's my ​foot you're ​stepping on." "Sorry!"
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sorry exclamation (POLITE NEGATIVE)

used to show ​politeness when ​refusing something or ​disagreeing: Sorry, you can't go in there. used when ​politelyasking someone to ​repeat something or when ​politelyinterrupting someone: "He's late." "Sorry?" "I said he's late." Sorry, could you just say that last ​sentence again ​please?
(Definition of sorry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sorry" in American English

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 us   /ˈsɑr·i, ˈsɔr·i/

sorry adjective (ASKING FORGIVENESS)

feelingbad because you have caused ​trouble or ​difficulty to someone ​else: [+ (that) clause] I’m really sorry (that) I ​forgot about ​ourappointmentyesterday. Sorry is also used as a ​polite way to show ​yoursympathy to someone because of a ​loss, ​problem, or ​trouble the ​person has had: [+ to infinitive] We were sorry to ​learn about the ​death of ​yourgrandmother. Sorry is also used as a ​polite way of ​asking someone to ​excuse you for having done something that might have ​annoyed the ​person: The ​train will be ​movingshortly – we are sorry for the ​inconvenience.

sorry adjective (POLITE REFUSAL)

used as a ​polite way of ​expressingrefusal or ​disagreement: I’m sorry, but I ​think you’ve made a ​mistake in ​ourcheck. Sorry, you can’t go in there.

sorry adjective (BAD CONDITION)

[-er/-est only] dated so ​bad as to ​causefeelings of ​sympathy: They were a sorry ​sight, ​dressed in ​rags and so ​weak they could ​hardlystand up. Note: describing a situation or condition
(Definition of sorry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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