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sorry

adjective
 
 
/ˈsɒri/
(I'm) sorry B2 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.Sadness and regretMaking and accepting apologiesPolite expressions
SYMPATHY A2 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.Sympathy and compassion
Sorry? mainly UK used as a polite way to say that you did not hear what someone has just said: Sorry? What was that?Polite expressions
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.Sadness and regret
a sorry sight/state/tale a bad condition or situation: Her car was in a sorry state after the accident.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
(Definition of sorry from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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