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English definition of “sorry”

sorry

exclamation (POLITE NEGATIVE)    /ˈsɒr.i/ US  /ˈsɔːr-/
used to show politeness when refusing something or disagreeing: Sorry, you can't go in there.Polite expressions mainly UK used when politely asking someone to repeat something or when politely interrupting someone: "He's late." "Sorry?" "I said he's late." Sorry, could you just say that last sentence again please?Polite expressions
(Definition of sorry exclamation (POLITE NEGATIVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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