[ uh-pol-uh-jahyz ]
/ əˈpɒl əˌdʒaɪz /
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verb (used without object), a·pol·o·gized, a·pol·o·giz·ing.
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.
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Also especially British, a·pol·o·gise .
OTHER WORDS FROM apologizea·pol·o·giz·er, nounre·a·pol·o·gize, verb (used with object), re·a·pol·o·gized, re·a·pol·o·giz·ing.un·a·pol·o·giz·ing, noun
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How to use apologize in a sentence
Only very recently has the Irish government apologised for the living hell that was inflicted on them.Dame Judi Dench on Playing the Inspiring Philomena|Dame Judi Dench|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A restaurant has apologised after a toddler was served whisky instead of fruit juice at his birthday party.Never Too Young, Apparently|David Frum|October 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I have been to the cab office and paid your cab, even saw the old gentleman himself, and properly apologised.
The latter drew slighting comparisons, and remembered that he was the only one who ever apologised.
She apologised for Queen Mary's defects as if she were a distant family connection.Penelope's Experiences in Scotland|Kate Douglas Wiggin
I have 66 been to the cab office and paid your cab, even saw the old gentleman himself, and properly apologised.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
He apologised lamely and told me that I was to proceed on board ship.My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War|Ben Viljoen.
British Dictionary definitions for apologize
/ (əˈpɒləˌdʒaɪz) /
to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
to make a formal defence in speech or writing
Derived forms of apologizeapologizer or apologiser, noun
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