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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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  • Mabel apologised for interrupting them, and begged that they would not mind her presence at all.

    Hollowmell E.R. Burden
  • My companion started, apologised for detaining me, and prepared to retire.

  • "Then I have made a big mistake," apologised the ever-courteous detective.

    Initials Only Anna Katharine Green
  • It was the first evening she had not dressed for dinner and she at once apologised to Madame.

  • Again Ruth burst into silvery laughter, but checked it and apologised.

    The Young Trawler R.M. Ballantyne
  • James apologised to the stranger, saying he would not trouble him.

    The Gilpins and their Fortunes William H. G. Kingston
  • I stopped and apologised to him; he replied in an unmistakable English accent, thus putting the matter almost beyond doubt.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I apologised for the lateness of my call, and entered at once on business.

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
  • The latter drew slighting comparisons, and remembered that he was the only one who ever apologised.

    Tales and Fantasies Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for apologised

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 apologised

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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