apologize

[ uh-pol-uh-jahyz ]
/ əˈpɒl əˌdʒaɪz /

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.
Also especially British, a·pol·o·gise.

Origin of apologize

First recorded in 1590–1600; apolog(y) + -ize

Related forms

a·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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apologize

apologise

/ (əˈpɒləˌdʒaɪz) /

verb (intr)

to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
to make a formal defence in speech or writing

Derived Forms

apologizer or apologiser, noun
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