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[uh-pol-uh-jahyz] /əˈpɒl əˌdʒaɪz/
verb (used without object), apologized, apologizing.
to offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury:
He apologized for accusing her falsely.
to make a formal defense in speech or writing.
Also, especially British, apologise.
Origin of apologize
1590-1600; apolog(y) + -ize
Related forms
apologizer, noun
reapologize, verb (used with object), reapologized, reapologizing.
unapologizing, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for apologize
  • We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.
  • Disoriented by the sudden onslaught, he began to apologize.
  • The jacket design has caused offense and we apologize for our mistake.
  • The band's response was to apologize immediately and promise to do better.
  • The authors apologize for this error.
  • Nevertheless, I apologize and retract those statements.
  • Admit the mistake, apologize and move on.
  • If this is what you meant, I apologize.
  • If that happens, be human enough to apologize—something spambots never do.
  • It's bizarre to poke someone in the eye with a pencil and never apologize.
British Dictionary definitions for apologize


verb (intransitive)
to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
to make a formal defence in speech or writing
Derived Forms
apologizer, apologiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for apologize

1590s, "to speak in defense of;" see apology + -ize. Main modern sense "to regretfully acknowledge" is attested by 1725. The Greek equivalent, apologizesthai, meant simply "to give an account." Related: Apologized; apologizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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