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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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  • Mabel apologised for interrupting them, and begged that they would not mind her presence at all.

    Hollowmell E.R. Burden
  • My companion started, apologised for detaining me, and prepared to retire.

  • "Then I have made a big mistake," apologised the ever-courteous detective.

    Initials Only Anna Katharine Green
  • It was the first evening she had not dressed for dinner and she at once apologised to Madame.

  • Again Ruth burst into silvery laughter, but checked it and apologised.

    The Young Trawler R.M. Ballantyne
  • James apologised to the stranger, saying he would not trouble him.

    The Gilpins and their Fortunes William H. G. Kingston
  • I stopped and apologised to him; he replied in an unmistakable English accent, thus putting the matter almost beyond doubt.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I apologised for the lateness of my call, and entered at once on business.

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
  • The latter drew slighting comparisons, and remembered that he was the only one who ever apologised.

    Tales and Fantasies Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for apologised


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for apologised



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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