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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for apologising
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  • 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 R.M. Ballantyne
  • apologising for this reminiscence, we return to the thread of our story.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • And you apologising to her: 'You can't do two things at once, can you?'

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • He seemed to be apologising for Frank's indifference, as well as for his own sins.

    The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • Thanking you in anticipation, and apologising for troubling you.

    The King's Post R. C. Tombs
  • I don't understand what she has done, but I'm sure there must be some reason for her not apologising.

  • The young man, after apologising, opened the paper and quickly read it.

    The Indian Chief Gustave Aimard
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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