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noun British English pronunciation: disappointment /ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪntmənt/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the feeling of being unhappy because something that you hoped for or expected did not happen or because someone or something was not as good as you expected
    disappointment at:

    Diplomats expressed disappointment at the lack of progress.

    to someone's disappointment (=making someone disappointed):

    Jackson cancelled the concert, to the great disappointment of his fans.

    disappointment with:

    The representatives acknowledged their disappointment with the negotiations.

  2. 2
    [countable] someone or something that is not as good as you thought they would be
    a big/great/bitter/major disappointment:

    Newcombe has described the defeat as the biggest disappointment of his career.

    disappointment to:

    I'm such a disappointment to her.

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