dis·​ap·​point·​ed | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈpȯin-təd How to pronounce disappointed (audio) \

Definition of disappointed

1 : defeated in expectation or hope apologized to their disappointed fans
2 obsolete : not adequately equipped

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Other Words from disappointed

disappointedly adverb

Examples of disappointed in a Sentence

We were disappointed that they couldn't go. Disappointed fans slowly left the ballpark. I was disappointed to see that my suggestions had been ignored. They were deeply disappointed by her lack of interest. Don't be too disappointed if everything doesn't go as planned. Your father and I are very disappointed in you.
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Recent Examples on the Web His brother said the Whelan family was disappointed to get that news. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Freep.com, "Accused spy Paul Whelan would not be first American set up by Russians," 22 Jan. 2020 Protesters were, however, disappointed to learn that the National Archives censored signs that were critical of, or mentioned Trump in a display that included photos from the 2017 marches. Tara Edwards, refinery29.com, "The National Archives Say They “Made A Mistake” By Censoring Images From The Women’s March," 18 Jan. 2020 MassDOT is extremely disappointed to learn of the circumstances surrounding this incident. NBC News, "Man accused of killing 13-year-old in drunk-driving crash after company holiday party," 3 Jan. 2020 In early 2017, Patton was disappointed to learn from his friend, Newberg Police Chief Brian Casey, that the city had hired an applicant with less experience and no four-year degree. oregonlive, "Chaos in Newberg: Race discrimination lawsuit upends city government," 21 Dec. 2019 The boy was terribly disappointed, and terribly hurt. Emmanuel Carrère, Harper's magazine, "Reappearing Act," 28 Oct. 2019 On the evening of October 5th, however, such hopes were disappointed once more. The Economist, "Nuclear talks between North Korea and America break down, again," 6 Oct. 2019 There is some public land, but most of the good duck holes are private and door-knocking is only going to leave you sorely disappointed. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "5 Keys to Killing Reverse Migration Mallards and Geese," 16 Dec. 2019 Commenters were mostly delighted by the whole thing, except for those who actually thought the pair was going to write a song together (lol) who were very disappointed. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry & Ed Sheeran Join Forces as "Gingers" in Hilarious World Mental Health Day Video," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of disappointed

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disappointed

see disappoint

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The first known use of disappointed was circa 1552

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28 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disappointed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappointed. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disappointed

: feeling sad, unhappy, or displeased because something was not as good as expected or because something you hoped for or expected did not happen
: unhappy because someone has behaved badly

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to assert without proof or before proving

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