be sorry for (someone)

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be sorry for (someone)

To empathize with or feel compassion for another person and their sorrows, problems, or plight. It's infuriating that the CEOs swindled the country for millions of dollars, but I'm especially sorry for the thousands of their employees who are now out of a job. I'm so sorry for Johnny—his addiction has gotten completely out of control.
See also: sorry

be/feel ˈsorry for somebody

feel sympathy or pity for somebody: I feel sorry for all the people who are alone at Christmas.
See also: feel, somebody, sorry
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I am sorry for her, because, with her disposition, she may not get over it immediately.
When the doubt that I had hushed asleep first laid its weary weight on her heart, the true face owned all, and said, in its own frank, simple language--I am sorry for him; I am sorry for myself.
I am sorry for all the undercard fighters who will now miss out.
Blatter, who said at the press conference that he still views himself as the president despite the ban, responded to the suspension saying: "I am sorry that as President of FIFA I am a punching ball, I am sorry for FIFA, but I am most sorry about me and how I am treated.
I feel anger I feel pain she kept it from me the Cancer was back again, I am sorry for my anger dear I am sorry but it makes me blue I know you were only trying to spare me but my need was to be there for you.
THE rebuilding of North Shields station is one of the most important projects in the early years of our decade-long Metro: all change modernisation programme, and I am sorry for any inconvenience the work causes passengers (Views of the North, November 18).
Blatter told BBC Sport: "When you have done something which was absolutely not totally correct, I can only say I am sorry for all those people affected by my declarations.
Blatter said: "When you have done something which was absolutely not totally correct, I can only say I am sorry for all those people affected.
The 33-year-old said: "I didn't watch the game, I just watched the goals and I am sorry for Ireland because they didn't qualify, because they fought for it.
I am sorry for him and I am sorry for England but I think it is a difficult decision for him and I respect it.
The woman, who cannot be identified, said: "I am sorry for all the pain and suffering my failure has led to.
Howlett issued a video message in which he said: "I'd like to say I am sorry for what happened.
I AM sorry for anyone who has lost their job but I love the smoking ban.
I am sorry for the fans but I'm not sorry for Shehata.
I am sorry for any inaccuracy in my characterization of Zak Smith's work.