- 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/
Audio (US) (file)
- (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.
- to apologize for his insolent language
- (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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