apologize

verb
apol·​o·​gize | \ -ˌjīz How to pronounce apologize (audio) \
apologized; apologizing

Definition of apologize

intransitive verb

: to express regret for something done or said : to make an apology He apologized for his mistake. She apologized to us for losing her temper.

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Other Words from apologize

apologizer noun

Does apologize always mean "to say 'I'm sorry'"?

The verb apologize is a surprisingly recent introduction to the English language when one stops to consider that we have likely been committing deeds which require an apology since time immemorial. Our earliest current record of use comes at the end of the 16th century, in the writing of Thomas Nash:

”….but as the Elephant and the Rinoceros neuer fight but about the best pastures, so will I winne from him his best Patrons, and driue him to confesse himselfe a Conundrum, who now thinks he hath learning inough to proue the saluation of Lucifer; Apologize it for him as many Chutes, Barnesses, or vile riggers, or Fregeuiles as there will.”

The earliest uses of apologize more often meant “to offer an excuse or defense” than “to acknowledge a fault.” The verb came into our language from the noun apology, which similarly had an initial meaning (beginning in the early 16th century) that did not necessarily acknowledge fault (“something said or written in defense or justification of what appears to others to be wrong or of what may be liable to disapprobation”).

Examples of apologize in a Sentence

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Supposedly, the feud is over now, after Katy apologized and said she's always loved Taylor. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "8 Celeb Feuds that Will Never, Ever Go Away," 6 Mar. 2019 Following the broadcast of the documentary, artists including Chance the Rapper, Celine Dion and Lady Gaga apologized for collaborating with Mr. Kelly and had those songs removed from streaming services and digital download stores. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Singer R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sex Abuse," 22 Feb. 2019 My issue was Hart never apologized, and seemed surprised to even be asked about homophobic views. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018 Price, who built a reputation as a budget hawk during earlier congressional service, has apologized and repaid the government nearly $60,000. NBC News, "Watchdog: $341,000 wasted on travel for former high-flying HHS chief Tom Price," 13 July 2018 Price, who built a reputation as a budget hawk during earlier congressional service, has apologized and repaid the government nearly $60,000. CBS News, "Government watchdog slams former HHS head for travel," 13 July 2018 Schnatter apologized and resigned as chairman of Papa John’s board late Wednesday. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "What do the Miami Marlins think of Papa John’s founder’s apology? You’re out!," 12 July 2018 For a generation of wiseass Brooklyn brunettes like myself, Tomei was a Hollywood anomaly, the rare breakthrough character actor who didn’t apologize for or abandon her New Yorkiness. Stella Bugbee, The Cut, "Marisa Tomei Knows What’s She’s Worth," 3 July 2018 In an attempt to make amends for the situation, Woods appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk to discuss the drama and apologize for hooking up with Tristan. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Jordyn Woods' Red Table Talk Interview Did Not Please Kardashian Fans," 1 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of apologize

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apologize

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The first known use of apologize was in 1596

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apologize

verb
apol·​o·​gize | \ ə-ˈpä-lə-ˌjīz How to pronounce apologize (audio) \
apologized; apologizing

Kids Definition of apologize

: to express regret for having done or said something wrong

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