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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.
    • 1856, James Anthony Froude, History of England from the fall of Wolsey to the death of Elizabeth:
      Barnes was commanded, with Garrett and Jerome, to make a public acknowledgment of his errors; and to apologize especially for his insolent language to Gardiner
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      Today I want to apologize to my co-workers.
  2. (intransitive) To express regret that a certain event has occurred.
  3. (intransitive, dated) To make an apologia or defense; to act as apologist.
    • 1660, H[enry] More, An Explanation of the Grand Mystery of Godliness; [], London: [] J[ames] Flesher, for W[illiam] Morden [], →OCLC:
      To this purpose the most witty, cautious and subtile ſort of the Pagans apologize for themselves

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  1. inflection of apologizar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative