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apologize

[uh-pol-uh-jahyz]
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verb (used without object), a·pol·o·gized, a·pol·o·giz·ing.
  1. to offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury: He apologized for accusing her falsely.
  2. to make a formal defense in speech or writing.
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Also especially British, a·pol·o·gise.

Origin of apologize

First recorded in 1590–1600; apolog(y) + -ize
Related formsa·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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Examples from the Web for apologised

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Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for apologised

apologize

apologise

verb (intr)
  1. to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
  2. to make a formal defence in speech or writing
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Derived Formsapologizer or apologiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for apologised

apologize

v.

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.

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