- to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
- to make a formal defence in speech or writing
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a•pol•o•gize /əˈpɑləˌdʒaɪz/USA pronunciation v. , -gized, -giz•ing.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to make an apology: [no object]He apologized when he spilled coffee.[~ + to + object]I apologized to her.[~ + for + object]I apologized for my rudeness.
a•pol•o•gize (ə pol′ə jīz′),USA pronunciation v.i., -gized, -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.
- apolog(y) + -ize 1590–1600
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apologize, apologise /əˈpɒləˌdʒaɪz/ vb (intransitive)
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