verb (used without object), a·pol·o·gized, a·pol·o·giz·ing.
- to offer an He apologized for accusing her falsely. or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury:
- to make a formal defense in speech or writing.
- to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
- to make a formal defence in speech or writing
1590s, “to speak in defense of;” see apologizesthai, meant simply “to give an account.” Related: Apologized; apologizing.+ . Main modern sense “to regretfully acknowledge” is attested by 1725. The Greek equivalent,