Meaning of “pity” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /ˈpɪti/
Extra Examples
It's a pity you can't come with us.It's a pity you can't come to the wedding.It's a pity you call sooner.It's a pity that I'll be gone by the time you arrive.It's a pity he didn't get the job.
It's a pity...

A2 used to say that something is disappointing:

It's a pity you're not staying longer.

B2 [ U ] a feeling of sympathy for someone:

It's not pity she needs, it's practical help.
I was hoping someone would take pity on me (= help me in a difficult situation) and give me a lift home.
→ See also self-pity

(Definition of “pity noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)