Apologising



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

apologising to André with a laugh, he then sauntered towards the front café, where he purchased another drink at the counter.
The Albert Gate Mystery Louis Tracy

“I was very little,” said Cricket, blushing and apologising.
Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

They think that if I really need the position I will not stop at such a small item as apologising to Sam.
Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici

apologising for this reminiscence, we return to the thread of our story.
The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne

Ruth Powlett nearly knocked me down in the passage, and rushed off without even the ordinary decency of apologising.
The Curse of Carne’s Hold G. A. Henty

He would not give his mates the pain of refusing or of apologising.
A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

“I am shy, and they are shy,” Anna said to herself, apologising as it were for the undoubted flatness that prevailed.
The Benefactress Elizabeth Beauchamp

And you apologising to her: ‘You can’t do two things at once, can you?’
Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence

Many of us feel like apologising to every poor suffering Jew in Russia, to beg his forgiveness, to implore him to take us back.
The White Terror and The Red Abraham Cahan

He seemed to be apologising for Frank’s indifference, as well as for his own sins.
The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant

verb (intransitive)
to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
to make a formal defence in speech or writing
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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