- 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, a·pol·o·gise.
Origin of apologize
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Examples from the Web for apologise
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If I can find them I will forward them by you; if not, you must apologise for me.The Letters of Robert Burns
I told you I did not like to apologise, so you may know how sorry I am.One Day's Courtship
She seemed to apologise and at the same time to say to me, "If only you knew!"Monday or Tuesday
No message came from Henry; perhaps he expected her to apologise.
Though he would build up his life without hers, she could not apologise.
- to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
- to make a formal defence in speech or writing
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Word Origin and History for apologise
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