- apologise (Commonwealth)
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”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈpɑləd͡ʒaɪz/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈpɒləd͡ʒaɪz/
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- (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
- (intransitive) To express regret that a certain event has occurred.
- (intransitive) (dated) To make an apology or defense; to act as apologist.
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