Definition of apologize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

apologize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//əˈpɒlədʒaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɑːlədʒaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they apologize
BrE BrE//əˈpɒlədʒaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɑːlədʒaɪz//
 
he / she / it apologizes
BrE BrE//əˈpɒlədʒaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɑːlədʒaɪzɪz//
 
past simple apologized
BrE BrE//əˈpɒlədʒaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɑːlədʒaɪzd//
 
past participle apologized
BrE BrE//əˈpɒlədʒaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɑːlədʒaɪzd//
 
-ing form apologizing
BrE BrE//əˈpɒlədʒaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɑːlədʒaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] apologize (to somebody) (for something) to say that you are sorry for doing something wrong or causing a problem Why should I apologize? Go and apologize to her. We apologize for the late departure of this flight. Wordfinderamends, apologize, ashamed, embarrassed, forgive, regret, remorse, repent, sorry, sympathy Express YourselfApologizingWhen you have caused a problem for somebody, they are less likely to be very angry if you can make a polite apology: I'm so/​terribly/​very sorry I'm late. I do apologize. I'll get you another cup. I must apologize for keeping you waiting.(British English) We would like to apologize on behalf of the management. We would like to offer/​Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.Responses: That's all right/​OK. No problem. Don't worry about it. It's fine, really. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘make a defensive argument’): from Greek apologizesthai ‘give an account’, from apologos ‘story’. In English the verb has always been used as if it were a direct derivative of apology.Extra examples He apologized to his colleagues. I do apologize most humbly. I must apologize for cancelling our meeting at such short notice. I must apologize for not letting you know sooner. I would like to apologize most sincerely for any embarrassment caused. She apologized for being late. The president of the company apologized personally for the tragic accident. I apologize if I’ve interrupted your work.
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