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adjective American English pronunciation: sorry /ˈsɔri/ 
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  1. 1
    used for emphasizing how bad, stupid, or embarrassing something is

    That's the sorriest excuse I've ever heard.

    a sorry business/mess/state (=an unpleasant or difficult situation):

    If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be in this sorry mess.

  2. 2
    ashamed, embarrassed, or unhappy about something that you have done

    Tell your sister you're sorry!

    sorry (that):

    I'm sorry I behaved in such a childish way.

    sorry for:

    He wasn't sorry for hitting the other boy.

  3. 3
    feeling sadness or sympathy for someone because something bad has happened to them
    sorry about:

    I'm sorry about your losing your job.

    sorry to hear (that):

    I am sorry to hear that your father died.

  4. 4
    disappointed about a situation, and wishing you could change it
    sorry (that):

    I'm sorry you have decided to leave the company.

    We're sorry you weren't happy with our service.


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