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

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

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Word Origin & History

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 apologized profusely for his comments and he has much to teach us about
  science and forgiveness.
He apologized, and said he was too busy to supervise an independent study in
  the coming semester.
The cancer fund-raising charity has now apologized and retracted its decision.
Unless the years-belated letter apologized profusely about the delay.
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