December 04, 2016
Learner's Word of the Day
ashamed ˈʃeɪmd/ adjective
ashamed
ˈʃeɪmd/
adjective
The dog is ashamed about knocking over the flower pot.
The dog is ashamed about knocking over the flower pot.
Learner's definition of ASHAMED

not used before a noun [more ashamed; most ashamed]

1 : feeling shame or guilt

  • She was ashamed that she hit her brother. = She felt ashamed for/about hitting her brother.

  • You ought to be ashamed!

— often + of

  • You ought to be ashamed of yourself!

  • He was deeply ashamed of his behavior at the company party.

  • I'm not ashamed of what I did. There's nothing to be ashamed of.

  • I can't believe that you behaved so rudely. I'm ashamed of you!

2 : not wanting to do something because of shame or embarrassment

  • I can't believe that you behaved so rudely. I'm ashamed to be seen with you!

  • We were too ashamed to go back to school. [=we didn't go back to school because we were too embarrassed]

  • I'm ashamed [=embarrassed] to admit it, but I still don't know how to ride a bicycle. = I'm ashamed to say I still don't know how to ride a bicycle.

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