(I'm) sorry › something that you say to be polite when you have done something wrong, or when you cannot agree with someone or accept something: Sorry I'm late. Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't see you there. Tom, I'm so sorry about last night - it was all my fault. I'm sorry, but I just don't think it's a good idea.
SYMPATHY › used to show sympathy or sadness for a person or situation: I feel sorry for the children - it must be very hard for them. I was sorry to hear about your brother's accident. [+ (that)] I'm sorry that things didn't work out for you.
Sorry? mainly UK › used as a polite way to say that you did not hear what someone has just said: Sorry? What was that?
WISH SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT › used to say that you wish something in the past had not happened or had been different: [+ (that)] I'm sorry that I ever met him.
a sorry sight/state/tale › a bad condition or situation: Her car was in a sorry state after the accident.