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"unhappy" in British English

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unhappyadjective

uk   /ʌnˈhæp.i/  us   /ʌnˈhæp.i/
A2 sad or not satisfied: That's enough to make anyone unhappy. an unhappy marriage I was very unhappy with the service.

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unhappily
adverb uk   /ʌnˈhæp.əl.i/  us   /ʌnˈhæp.əl.i/
unhappiness
noun [U] uk   /ʌnˈhæp.i.nəs/  us   /ʌnˈhæp.i.nəs/
(Definition of unhappy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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unhappyadjective

 us   /ʌnˈhæp·i/
  • unhappy adjective (NOT PLEASED)

not feeling pleasure or satisfaction: It was an unhappy time of her life. They were unhappy about their hotel room (= did not like it) and asked to be moved.
  • unhappy adjective (NOT LUCKY)

(of a condition or situation) not lucky: We found ourselves in the unhappy situation of having had our bags, passports, and money stolen.
unhappiness
noun [U]  us   /ʌnˈhæp·i·nəs/
(Definition of unhappy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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