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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.
1590-1600; apolog(y) + -ize
Related forms
apologizer, noun
reapologize, verb (used with object), reapologized, reapologizing.
unapologizing, noun Unabridged
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Examples for apologise
  • 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.
  • We apologise for the mistake, which arose from our misinterpretation of data submitted by the school.
  • Science shouldn't have to apologise for stating the obvious.
  • We are happy to clarify this and apologise for the mistake.
  • Critics say this is not enough: she should show remorse and apologise to the victims' families.
  • Not only, during the campaign, did he actually apologise for some missteps.
  • We apologise for the mistake, which has since been corrected.
British Dictionary definitions for apologise


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 apologise
British spelling of apologize (see apology); for suffix, see -ize.
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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