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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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Related Words for apologize

atone, retract, confess, withdraw, purge, square, crawl

Examples from the Web for apologize

Contemporary Examples of apologize

Historical Examples of apologize

  • "Oh, I'll apologize," he said with a wry smile of discomfiture.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • I do not know how to apologize enough for this letter; I know it is taking so great a liberty.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • I have had such a lovely time I don't believe that I'll apologize for coming.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • While we pity her desperate condition, we must not apologize for her sins.

  • He will hasten to pay you his respects, and apologize for his truants.


British Dictionary definitions for apologize

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 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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