[ 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.

Origin of apologize

First recorded in 1590–1600; apolog(y) + -ize
  • Also especially British, a·pol·o·gise .

Other words from apologize

  • a·pol·o·giz·er, noun
  • re·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

British Dictionary definitions for apologize



/ (əˈpɒləˌdʒaɪz) /

  1. to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults

  2. to make a formal defence in speech or writing

Derived forms of apologize

  • apologizer or apologiser, noun

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