[ 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.
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 apologizer
/ (əˈpɒləˌdʒaɪz) /
to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
to make a formal defence in speech or writing
Derived Formsapologizer or apologiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for apologizer
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper