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Meaning & Definition of Apologize in English

English

Apologize

/əpɑləʤaɪz/

verb

1. Acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing

  • "I apologized for being late"
  • "He apologized for the many typoes"
    synonym:
  • apologize
  • ,
  • apologise

2. Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

  • "Rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"
  • "He rationalized his lack of success"
    synonym:
  • apologize
  • ,
  • apologise
  • ,
  • excuse
  • ,
  • justify
  • ,
  • rationalize
  • ,
  • rationalise

Examples of using

I'm the one who should apologize.
Go and apologize to Tom.
I apologize for what's happened here.