- 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
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Examples from the Web for apologize
Before I could apologize to his mother he ran back out to the living room with a poster of his dad and opened it up for me to see.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
In September 2005, Beebe wrote a letter to my home to apologize.
They have refused to apologize, which is all I have ever wanted.
You must atone, apologize, and beg forgiveness for the thousands of LGBT lives you have taken.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
I was told they had removed my blog and that I must apologize for publishing it.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
"Oh, I'll apologize," he said with a wry smile of discomfiture.Within the Law
I do not know how to apologize enough for this letter; I know it is taking so great a liberty.Lady Susan
I have had such a lovely time I don't believe that I'll apologize for coming.Her Father's Daughter
While we pity her desperate condition, we must not apologize for her sins.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
He will hasten to pay you his respects, and apologize for his truants.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
- to make a formal defence in speech or writing
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Word Origin and History for apologize
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