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apology +‎ -ize, from ἀπολογία (apología, a speech in defense), from ἀπολογέομαι (apologéomai, to speak in one’s defense), from ἀπόλογος (apólogos, an account, story), compound of ἀπο- (apo-, from, off) and λόγος (lógos, speech); compare also ἀπολογίζομαι (apologízomai, to render an account).



apologize (third-person singular simple present apologizes, present participle apologizing, simple 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.
    • 1856, James Anthony Froude, History of England from the fall of Wolsey to the death of Elizabeth
      Barnes was commanded, with Garrett and Jerome, to make a public acknowledgment of his errors; and to apologize especially for his insolent language to Gardiner
    • 2016, 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dr. H. More to this entry?)

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  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of apologizar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of apologizar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of apologizar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of apologizar