meaning of apologize

apologize meaning in General Dictionary

to guard

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  • To make an apology or defense
  • protect, describe, eliminate, or make excuses for by thinking
  • acknowledge faults or shortcomings or a deep failing
  • To make an apology or protection.
  • to help make an apology or reason; to produce acknowledgment of some fault or offense, with expression of regret for this, through amends; -- with for; as, my correspondent apologized for maybe not answering my page.
  • to guard.

apologize meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "to talk in protection of;" see apology + -ize. Main modern feeling "to regretfully acknowledge" is attested by 1725. The Greek equivalent, apologizesthai, intended merely "to offer a free account." Related: Apologized; apologizing.


apologize meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) To make an apology or defense.

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  • (v. i.) which will make an apology or reason; to produce acknowledgment of some fault or offense, with expression of regret for it, by means of amends; -- with concerning; as, my correspondent apologized for not responding to my letter.
  • (v. t.) To guard.

Sentence Examples with the word apologize

I apologize for the mess.

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