Alternative forms 
apology + -ize, from Ancient Greek απολογία (apología, “a speech in defense”), from απολογέομαι (apologéomai, “to speak in one’s defense”), from απόλογος (apólogos, “an account, story”), compound of απο- (apo-, “from, off”) and λόγος (lógos, “speech”).
- (US) IPA: /əˈpɒləˌd͡ʒaɪz/
apologize (third-person singular simple present apologizes, present participle apologizing, simple past and past participle apologized)
- (intransitive) To make an apology or defense.
- (intransitive, often followed by “for”) To make an apology or excuse; to acknowledge some fault or offense, with expression of regret for it, by way of amends
- My correspondent apologized for not answering my letter.
- (intransitive) To express regret that a certain event has occurred.
Derived terms 
Related terms 
to make an apology or defense
to make an apology or excuse