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or (especially British) apologise

[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.
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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  • I apologize to his manes, his descendants, and his friends for the liberty.

    Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • "Oh, I'll apologize," he said with a wry smile of discomfiture.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He decided that he would, when he saw Helen, really quite humble himself and apologize roundly.

    The Road to Understanding Eleanor H. Porter
  • I suppose I oughtn't to expect you to apologize or be sorry because you almost killed me.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Well, now, you go and apologize to Miss Weems and fix matters, d'ye hear?

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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