Definition of pity verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pity

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈpɪti//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪti//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pity
BrE BrE//ˈpɪti//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪti//
 
he / she / it pities
BrE BrE//ˈpɪtiz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtiz//
 
past simple pitied
BrE BrE//ˈpɪtid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtid//
 
past participle pitied
BrE BrE//ˈpɪtid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtid//
 
past simple pitying
BrE BrE//ˈpɪtiɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtiɪŋ//
 
past participle pitying
BrE BrE//ˈpɪtiɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtiɪŋ//
 
 
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(pities, pitied, pitied) (not used in the progressive tenses) to feel sorry for somebody because of their situation; to feel pity for somebody pity somebody He pitied people who were stuck in dead-end jobs. Compulsive gamblers are more to be pitied than condemned. pity somebody doing something I pity her having to work such long hours.Word Familypity noun verbpitiful adjectivepitiless adjectivepitiable adjectivepiteous adjective Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘clemency, mildness’): from Old French pite ‘compassion’, from Latin pietas ‘piety’; compare with piety.
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