- 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 apologized
Scalise offered his contrition that he had made a mistake and apologized for appearing before a group some 12 years ago.Reverend Jeremiah Wright Was Worse Than Scalise
January 2, 2015
Cogan has since apologized for using the term and acknowledged she was wrong about the story.What the U-VA Rape Case Tells Us About a Victim Culture Gone Mad
December 6, 2014
On a recent trip to a rough Roman suburb, he apologized for the extra police protection.The Pope’s Risky Trip
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 21, 2014
Worse, Kutcher never even so much as apologized for the incident.Ashton Kutcher’s History of Idiocy: Ubergate, Brownface, Joe Paterno, and More
November 20, 2014
When I told Uber, they apologized, offered me $20, and then fired the driver without my knowledge.The Ten Worst Uber Horror Stories
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The Baptist pulled off his hat, and apologized, on the ground of illness.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
One of them happened to elbow him in passing, and apologized.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
"I had but two bites of sweet chocolate for my dinner," she apologized.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
Although she had apologized for speaking her thought she had not retracted the thought itself.
You apologized just now for judging me without a hearing the other day.
- 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 apologized
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