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[uh-pol-uh-jahyz] /əˈpɒl əˌdʒaɪz/
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.
Origin of apologize
First recorded in 1590-1600; apolog(y) + -ize
Related forms
apologizer, noun
reapologize, verb (used with object), reapologized, reapologizing.
unapologizing, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for apologised
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  • 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 Sarah Bernhardt
  • However, he at once apologised for his unceremonious intrusion.

  • He attempted to speak—paused, hesitated, apologised; I knew not why.

  • He apologised for his drowsiness; but said that he was so sleepy that he must retire.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He apologised to the militaire for treading on his toes, and wondered "how the devil he got there!"

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He was the owner of the broiled potatoes, but apologised for taking possession of them.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • "I am afraid that I have been clumsy in my expressions," he apologised.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • The man had insulted him grossly, and had apologised as abjectly; that was his view of the incident.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for apologised


verb (intransitive)
to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
to make a formal defence in speech or writing
Derived Forms
apologizer, apologiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for apologised



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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