Definition of “unfortunately” - English Dictionary

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“unfortunately” in British English

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unfortunatelyadverb

uk /ʌnˈfɔː.tʃən.ət.li/ us /ʌnˈfɔːr.tʃən.ət.li/

A2 used to say that something is sad, disappointing, or has a bad effect:

Unfortunately, I didn't have my credit card with me, or else I would have bought it.

More examples

  • Journalists may enter the danger zone but unfortunately we cannot guarantee their safety.
  • Unfortunately we can't come this evening after all.
  • Unfortunately there's nothing I can do about your problem.
  • We tried to get tickets, but unfortunately they were already sold out.
  • Unfortunately the plane has been delayed - the new departure time is 16.20.

(Definition of “unfortunately” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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