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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 apologized
  • 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.
  • The athletes and their coaches apologized for not having a clubhouse in which to serve tea.
  • Apple apologized for the launch troubles, but since then some users have altogether lost access to their e-mail.
  • He apologized, unnecessarily, for what he put me through.
  • They immediately resigned and the principal apologized.
  • We wrote them a letter to complain and they apologized.
  • She later apologized but said she did nothing wrong.
British Dictionary definitions for apologized


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 apologized



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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