- 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 apologizes
She apologizes profusely, curls up across from me, and begins to, as she calls it, gab.'Daily Show' Creator Lizz Winstead Is the Queen of Calling Bullshit
December 23, 2013
He apologizes to Mike, who is sitting there like a serene Buddha.The 17 Most Iconic Scenes in ‘Breaking Bad’ (VIDEO)
September 29, 2013
Gollum is extremely sorry, and he apologizes to Bilbo over and over again.Happy Birthday, ‘The Hobbit’: The History of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Book
September 21, 2012
So in the spirit of civility, I'll just say I hope Keith recognizes that he screwed up and apologizes.Olbermann Should Apologize
November 5, 2010
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) Apologizes to BP Some of Hayward's toughest critics, however, don't lag that far behind Barton.BP's Biggest Congressional Hypocrites
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"He apologizes for coming in with a weapon in his hand," I said, dazedly.Tales of Unrest
"He apologizes for the defects of philosophy," said Father Letheby.My New Curate
The “hard customer” is ashamed of his gruff reception and apologizes for it.The Book of Business Etiquette
In the first four lines Ovid apologizes for not having written to him earlier.
"It's a shame that we could not have started at Washington square," she apologizes.The Personality of American Cities
- 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 apologizes
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