Apologize



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.
Contemporary Examples

Acura soon jumped in to stop the damage, releasing a statement saying, “We apologize to anyone offended by the language.”
Race on TV: Thumbs Down For Acura, The Bachelor; Thumbs Up For Dodge Mansfield Frazier April 20, 2012

I want to thank you for your cooperation, and to apologize for any inconvenience.
Former Cop Edward Conlon on What He Learned About Profiling Edward Conlon April 6, 2012

“All I can say is, I want to apologize to the people of Milwaukee who have been hurt,” Haughton Sr. told a reporter on Monday.
Wisconsin Spa Shooting Brings Back Painful Memories for the Moms of Mass Killers Winston Ross October 24, 2012

Studds was formally censured by the House for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male page but refused to apologize.
History’s Progressive Gay Politicians that Paved the Way for Mike Michaud Brandy Zadrozny November 4, 2013

I must apologize for my regional dialect taking over everything.
Texans Lose their Twang Justin Green January 19, 2013

Historical Examples

I apologize to his manes, his descendants, and his friends for the liberty.
Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady

“Oh, I’ll apologize,” he said with a wry smile of discomfiture.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

He decided that he would, when he saw Helen, really quite humble himself and apologize roundly.
The Road to Understanding Eleanor H. Porter

I suppose I oughtn’t to expect you to apologize or be sorry because you almost killed me.
Good Indian B. M. Bower

Well, now, you go and apologize to Miss Weems and fix matters, d’ye hear?
Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession Benjamin Wood

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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