Definition of apologize in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpäləˌjīz/


[no object]
Express regret for something that one has done wrong: I must apologize for disturbing you like this we apologize to him for our error
More example sentences
  • The family regrets and apologizes for the omission in the previous obituary.
  • His staff are striving to find a form of words to allow him to express his regret without officially apologising for the debacle.
  • I informed him that I had come back to apologize for the wrong I had done, if he would permit me to do so.
say (one is) sorry, express regret, be apologetic, make an apology, ask forgiveness, ask for pardon
informal eat one's words, eat humble pie


Late 16th century (in the sense 'make a defensive argument, offer a justification'): from Greek apologizesthai 'give an account', from apologos (see apologue). In English the verb has always been used as if it were a direct derivative of apology.

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Syllabification: a·pol·o·gize

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