WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sor•ry /ˈsɑri, ˈsɔri/USA pronunciation adj., -ri•er, -ri•est.
  1. [be + ~] feeling regret, sadness, pity, etc.: [+ to + verb ( + object)]We are sorry to leave our friends.[+ (that) clause]We are sorry (that) we have to leave.[+ for + object]He felt sorry for her (= He pitied her).
  2. [before a noun] in such bad condition as to be regrettable; causing pity:This family is in a sorry situation.
  3. (used to apologize):Did I bump into you? Sorry.
  4. (used to ask someone who has spoken to repeat what was said):"Sorry, I didn't hear what you said.''
sor•ri•ly /ˈsɑrəli, ˈsɔr-/USA pronunciationadv.: We limped sorrily home after our big loss.
sor•ri•ness, n. [uncountable]

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sorry /ˈsɒrɪ/ adj ( -rier, -riest)
  1. (usually postpositive) often followed by for: feeling or expressing pity, sympathy, remorse, grief, or regret: I feel sorry for him
  2. pitiful, wretched, or deplorable: a sorry sight
  3. poor; paltry: a sorry excuse
  4. affected by sorrow; sad
  5. causing sorrow or sadness
  1. an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc
Etymology: Old English sārig; related to Old High German sērag; see sore

ˈsorrily adv ˈsorriness n

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