Definition of apology noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈpɒlədʒi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɑːlədʒi//
    (pl. apologies) Business meetings
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] apology (to somebody) (for something) a word or statement saying sorry for something that has been done wrong or that causes a problem to offer/make/demand/accept an apology You owe him an apology for what you said. We should like to offer our apologies for the delay to your flight today. We received a letter of apology.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] information that you cannot go to a meeting or must leave early The meeting started with apologies (= the names of people who said they could not go to the meeting). (formal) She made her apologies and left early. Wordfinderagenda, AGM, apology, brainstorming, breakout, the chair, committee, convene, meeting, the minutes See related entries: Business meetings
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting a formal defence against an accusation): from French apologie, or via late Latin from Greek apologia ‘a speech in one's own defence’, from apo ‘away’+ -logia (see -ology).Extra examples He backed out arrogantly and without apology. He mumbled a half-hearted apology and quickly left. I make no apologies for bringing this issue to your attention once again. If anyone has been offended, I extend my sincere apologies. It was a mistake. My profuse apologies. John muttered an apology then went back to his book. Please accept my sincere apologies. She certainly owes you an apology. She rejected my apology, saying it was not enough. The newspaper has issued an apology to the minister. We expect a full written apology. an apology for arriving late my apologies to your wife We would like to offer our apologies for the delay to your flight today. a letter of apology to offer/​make/​demand/​accept an apologyIdioms
    make no apology/apologies for something
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    if you say that you make no apology/apologies for something, you mean that you do not feel that you have said or done anything wrong
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: apology