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
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
The morning session had run late and the last speaker started by apologizing
  for keeping everyone from their lunch.
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