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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 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

chiefly British English spelling of apologize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Apologised; apologising.



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.

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