from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make excuse for or regretful acknowledgment of a fault or offense.
- intransitive v. To make a formal defense or justification in speech or writing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make an apology or defence.
- v. To make an apology or excuse; to acknowledge some fault or offense, with expression of regret for it, by way of amends
- v. To express regret that a certain event has occurred.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make an apology or defense.
- intransitive v. To make an apology or excuse; to make acknowledgment of some fault or offense, with expression of regret for it, by way of amends; -- with for; as, my correspondent apologized for not answering my letter.
- transitive v. To defend.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make an apology or defense; speak or write in favor of some person or thing; offer defensive arguments.
- To make an apology or excuse; acknowledge or express regret for a fault: followed by for: as, he apologized for his delay in replying.
- To make or write an apology for; defend.
- Also spelled apologise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
- v. acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing
apology + -ize, from Ancient Greek απολογία (apología, "a speech in defense"), from απολογέομαι (apologéomai, "to speak in one’s defense"), from απόλογος (apólogos, "an account, story"), compound of απο- (apo-, "from, off") and λόγος (lógos, "speech"). (Wiktionary)