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apologize

[uh-pol-uh-jahyz] /əˈpɒl əˌdʒaɪz/
verb (used without object), apologized, apologizing.
1.
to offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury:
He apologized for accusing her falsely.
2.
to make a formal defense in speech or writing.
Also, especially British, apologise.
Origin of apologize
1590-1600
1590-1600; apolog(y) + -ize
Related forms
apologizer, noun
reapologize, verb (used with object), reapologized, reapologizing.
unapologizing, noun
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  • To strangers whom Cassowary has never loved and would now assault with spear and nulla-nulla, they apologise.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • "If I'm making any mistake, I shall know how to apologise," said the Inspector.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • The weariness of the long labour must often apologise for languor, where the claims of the matter are less importunate.

  • And that is why I apologise in anticipation for a probable lack of proportion in this work.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • The fact that they have offered to apologise will no doubt be a point in their favour.

    Dr. Wortle's School Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for apologise

apologize

/əˈpɒləˌdʒaɪz/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
2.
to make a formal defence in speech or writing
Derived Forms
apologizer, apologiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for apologise
v.

chiefly British English spelling of apologize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Apologised; apologising.

apologize

v.

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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