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Definition of sadly adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1unfortunately Sadly, after eight years of marriage they had grown apart.
  2. 2in a sad way She shook her head sadly.
  3. 3very much and in a way that makes you sad She will be sadly missed. They had hoped to win and were sadly disappointed. If you think I'm going to help you again, you're sadly (= completely)mistaken. His work has been sadly neglected.
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