• (America) IPA: /əˈpɑləd͡ʒaɪz/
  • (RP) IPA: /əˈpɒləd͡ʒaɪz/

apologize (apologizes, present participle apologizing; 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.
    • 2016, [https://web.archive.org/web/20171030003034/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-8-are-you-busy/3253185.html 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.
Related terms

  • Italian: chiedere perdono, chiedere scusa, scusarsi
  • Portuguese: pedir desculpas/perdão, desculpar-se
  • French: faire l'apologie de
  • Portuguese: apologizar, fazer apologia a

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