- 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 apologising
He would not give his mates the pain of refusing or of apologising.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I will go and tell her, certainly; but as for apologising to Krumm, that is absurd!
"I was very little," said Cricket, blushing and apologising.Cricket at the Seashore
Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
Apologising for this necessary digression, we return to Joe Corney.Fighting the Flames
Apologising for this reminiscence, we return to the thread of our story.The Buffalo Runners
- 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 apologising
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