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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
1590-1600; apolog(y) + -ize
Related forms
apologizer, noun
reapologize, verb (used with object), reapologized, reapologizing.
unapologizing, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for apologising
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  • apologising to André with a laugh, he then sauntered towards the front café, where he purchased another drink at the counter.

  • "I was very little," said Cricket, blushing and apologising.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • They think that if I really need the position I will not stop at such a small item as apologising to Sam.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • apologising for this reminiscence, we return to the thread of our story.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • Ruth Powlett nearly knocked me down in the passage, and rushed off without even the ordinary decency of apologising.

  • He would not give his mates the pain of refusing or of apologising.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • "I am shy, and they are shy," Anna said to herself, apologising as it were for the undoubted flatness that prevailed.

    The Benefactress Elizabeth Beauchamp
  • And you apologising to her: 'You can't do two things at once, can you?'

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Many of us feel like apologising to every poor suffering Jew in Russia, to beg his forgiveness, to implore him to take us back.

  • He seemed to be apologising for Frank's indifference, as well as for his own sins.

    The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for apologising


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 apologising



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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