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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 apologizing
  • The shouts of the children come hushed over the housetops, as if apologizing for the intrusion.
  • Looking forward to hear a statement without any qualification apologizing to the scientific community about misleading them.
  • Such appeals have also led to more than one celebrity apologizing for using the term thoughtlessly in an interview.
  • Really, there is no apologizing going on over there about how this has damaged science.
  • The morning session had run late and the last speaker started by apologizing for keeping everyone from their lunch.
  • The priest there is doing the honorable thing and apologizing.
  • Nor did you apologizing for misrepresenting the position of others.
  • If you think you were banned for trivial reasons bilbo, try apologizing profusely for bad behavior.
  • It's easy to apologize for overdressing, and really you're apologizing for everyone else not meeting your standards.
  • Not that anyone from the hallowed halls has ever had any apologizing or explaining to do.
British Dictionary definitions for apologizing


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 apologizing



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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