apologize

[uh-pol-uh-jahyz]
verb (used without object), apologized, apologizing.
1.
to offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury: He apologized for accusing her falsely.
2.
to make a formal defense in speech or writing.
Also, especially British, apologise.


Origin:
1590–1600; apolog(y) + -ize

apologizer, noun
reapologize, verb (used with object), reapologized, reapologizing.
unapologizing, noun
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apologize or apologise (əˈpɒləˌdʒaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
2.  to make a formal defence in speech or writing
 
apologise or apologise
 
vb
 
a'pologizer or apologise
 
n
 
a'pologiser or apologise
 
n

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Word Origin & History

apologise
British spelling of apologize (see apology); for suffix, see -ize.

apologize
1590s, "to speak in defense of," from Gk. apologeisthai (see apology). Main modern sense "to regretfully acknowledge" is attested by 1725. The Gk. equivalent, apologizesthai, meant simply "to give an account."
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Example sentences
He would also be well advised to apologise personally to the fourth official he
  so abusively tongue-lashed at various times.
We apologise for the error, which has been corrected online.
They will apologise to any one at the drop of a hat to gain a benefit.
People should indeed excuse themselves and apologise for it.
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