apologise


verb (used without object), a·pol·o·gized, a·pol·o·giz·ing.

  1. to offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury: He apologized for accusing her falsely.
  2. to make a formal defense in speech or writing.

verb (intr)

  1. to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
  2. to make a formal defence in speech or writing
v.

chiefly British English spelling of apologize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Apologised; apologising.

v.

1590s, “to speak in defense of;” see apology + -ize. Main modern sense “to regretfully acknowledge” is attested by 1725. The Greek equivalent, apologizesthai, meant simply “to give an account.” Related: Apologized; apologizing.

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