- 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 apologised
A restaurant has apologised after a toddler was served whisky instead of fruit juice at his birthday party.Never Too Young, Apparently
October 11, 2012
I knew at the time that you were angry, and I should have apologised.Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
Jules Claretie apologised very politely, and that was the end of it.My Double Life
However, he at once apologised for his unceremonious intrusion.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He attempted to speak—paused, hesitated, apologised; I knew not why.Beaux and Belles of England
He apologised for his drowsiness; but said that he was so sleepy that he must retire.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- 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 apologised
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