Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "You tell me that you're sorry
    Didn't think I'd turn around
    And say

    That it's too late to apologize
    It's too late
    I said it's too late to apologize
    It's too late"

    August 29, 2008