unfortunately
adverb Date: circa 1548 1. in an unfortunate manner <
the marriage turned out unfortunately
>
2. it is unfortunate <
unfortunately for him your letter has let the cat out of the bag — G. B. Shaw
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • unfortunately — [[t]ʌnfɔ͟ː(r)tʃʊnətli[/t]] ♦♦♦ ADV GRADED: ADV with cl, oft ADV for n (feelings) You can use unfortunately to introduce or refer to a statement when you consider that it is sad or disappointing, or when you want to express regret. Unfortunately,… …   English dictionary

  • unfortunately */*/*/ — UK [ʌnˈfɔː(r)tʃ(ə)nətlɪ] / US [ʌnˈfɔrtʃənətlɪ] adverb 1) used for saying that something is sad or disappointing Unfortunately, Jack is leaving the company. Effective treatments do exist, but unfortunately they are very expensive. unfortunately… …   English dictionary

  • Unfortunately — Infobox Album | Name = Unfortunately Type = album Artist = Shalabi Effect Released = November 15, 2005 Recorded = Montreal Arts Interculturels Institute in Montreal, Quebec Genre = Post rock Length = Label = Alien8 Producer = Reviews = *… …   Wikipedia

  • unfortunately — un|for|tu|nate|ly [ ʌn fɔrtʃənətli ] adverb *** 1. ) used for saying that something is sad or disappointing: Unfortunately, Louise is leaving the company. Effective treatments do exist, but unfortunately they are very expensive. 2. ) FORMAL in a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unfortunately*/ — [ʌnˈfɔːtʃ(ə)nətli] adv used for saying that you wish that something had not happened, or that it was not true Unfortunately, Jack is leaving the company.[/ex] Effective treatments do exist, but unfortunately they are very expensive.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • unfortunately — adv. Unfortunately is used with these verbs: ↑name …   Collocations dictionary

  • unfortunately — un|for|tu|nate|ly W3S1 [ʌnˈfo:tʃənətli US ˈfo:r ] adv [sentence adverb] used when you are mentioning a fact that you wish were not true ▪ Unfortunately, you were out when we called …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unfortunately — adverb (sentence adverb) used when you are mentioning a fact that you wish were not true: Unfortunately, you were out when we called …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • unfortunately — unfortunate ► ADJECTIVE 1) having bad fortune; unlucky. 2) regrettable or inappropriate. ► NOUN ▪ a person who suffers bad fortune. DERIVATIVES unfortunately adverb …   English terms dictionary

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