Definition of apologize in English:
- 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.
Late 16th century (in the sense 'make a defensive argument'): 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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