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apology +‎ -ize, from ἀπολογία(apología, a speech in defense), from ἀπολογέομαι(apologéomai, to speak in one’s defense), from ἀπόλογος(apólogos, an account, story), compound of ἀπο-(apo-, from, off) and λόγος(lógos, speech); compare also ἀπολογίζομαι(apologízomai, to render an account).



apologize (third-person singular simple present apologizes, present participle apologizing, simple past and past participle apologized)

  1. (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.
    • Froude
      to apologize for his insolent language
  2. (intransitive) To express regret that a certain event has occurred.
  3. (intransitive) (dated) To make an apology or defense; to act as apologist.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dr. H. More to this entry?)

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  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of apologizar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of apologizar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of apologizar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of apologizar