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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 Word Originlate 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. 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.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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