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sadadjective

us   /sæd/ -dd-
  • sad adjective (NOT HAPPY)

showing, feeling, or causing unhappiness or regret: I’ve just heard the saddest news.
  • sad adjective (UNPLEASANT)

very bad or regretted: The sad fact is that all the trees have got the virus.
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"sad" in British English

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sadadjective

uk   /sæd/ us   /sæd/ sadder, saddest
  • sad adjective (NOT HAPPY)

A1 unhappy or sorry: I've just received some very sad news. She gave a sad smile. [+ (that)] It's sad (that) the trip had to be cancelled. I'm so sad (that) you can't come. [+ to infinitive] It's sad to see so many failures this year. I was sad to hear that they'd split up.
informal If something looks sad, it looks worse than it should because it is not being cared for: Give those flowers some water - they're looking a little sad.

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sadness
noun [U] uk   /ˈsæd.nəs/ us   /ˈsæd.nəs/

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B2 Her sadness at her grandfather's death was obvious.

SADnoun [U]

uk   /ˌes.eɪˈdiː/ us   /ˌes.eɪˈdiː/
abbreviation for seasonal affective disorder: a medical condition in which a person does not have much energy and enthusiasm during the winter because of the reduced period of natural light
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