Verb apologize Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


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
  2. (intransitive) To express regret that a certain event has occurred.
  3. (intransitive) (dated) To make an apology or defense; to act as apologist.

More definition: offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury, He apologized for accusing her falsely. make a formal defense in speech or writing.

1. to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults

2. to make a formal defence in speech or writing Derived Formsapologizer, apologiser, nounCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1590s, "to speak in defense of;" see apology + -ize. Main modern sense "to regretfully acknowledge" is attested by 172

5. The Greek equivalent, apologizesthai, meant simply "to give an account." Related, Apologized; apologizing.


I apologize for disrupting your dinner.

As important as it was not to quarrel in front of the children, it was apparently even more important to apologize in their presence.

I apologize for badgering you about your mother.

I apologize for bothering you.

"I feel like I should apologize for … whatever it is you're feeling," he said with what he hoped sounded like a sincere attempt to empathize.

"I wanted to apologize to you, Damian," she continued.

Gabriel wanted to say something to her, to apologize, to rationalize what happened … He felt like he was on the verge of snapping, unable to settle the turmoil of his emotions.

I've never given him any reason to think anything like that, and I don't think I have any reason to apologize for having morals.

You have nothing to apologize for.

For what it's worth, I apologize for treating you like you were subhuman.

Do not apologize for another's betrayal.

He glanced at the woman before bowing his head and added pleadingly, "I apologize for what I am about to do."

I came out here to apologize for airing my dirty laundry on your kitchen table.

"Sis needed me to babysit," he said, as if to apologize for his weekday presence in Parkside.

He'd felt a need to apologize the last two times he spoke to Vara, but never would.

His victim retorted with extraordinary powers of invective, and on being rebuked by the bench declined to retract or apologize, but placed his gown upon the table, and with a low bow left the court for ever.

Apologize in advance to the readers who already know this.

If this chapter angers the Right and Left, the Greens and Browns, the capitalists and socialists, the nutritionists and farmers, I apologize to all in advance.

I am the first to apologize, you know me!

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