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.

Nearby words

  1. apologia,
  2. apologia pro vita sua,
  3. apological,
  4. apologise,
  5. apologist,
  6. apologue,
  7. apology,
  8. apolune,
  9. apomict,
  10. apomixis

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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British Dictionary definitions for apologize

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 Formsapologizer or apologiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for apologize

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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