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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 apologizes
  • At other towns, he apologizes to the crowd for his hoarse voice.
  • People are more forgiving if the robot warns them first that it might make errors or apologizes when it screws up.
  • Coach apologizes for giving up on them and asks them to join them him in finishing the fight that they started.
  • apologizes for crossing boundaries, and tells me you've stopped coming, that you won't take his calls.
  • Nature apologizes for the offence caused, and has corrected the text to better explain the research project described.
  • He apologizes to all who found its airing objectionable.
  • But he's not sure what those connections are, so he apologizes for being a bit vague.
  • He apologizes a lot more than he needs to for the delay.
  • He apologizes, halfheartedly, but the damage is done.
  • He apologizes for arriving at our meeting two hours late.
British Dictionary definitions for apologizes


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 apologizes



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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