apologize Definition

to express regret for something that one has done wrong.

Using apologize: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "apologize" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to apologize to her for what I said.

  • Example

    He apologized for being late.

  • Example

    She apologized for the mistake and promised to fix it.

  • Example

    The company issued a public apology for the defective product.

apologize Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for apologize

  • express regret
  • say sorry
  • make an apology
  • beg pardon
  • ask forgiveness

Phrases with apologize

  • to say sorry before doing something that might cause offense or inconvenience


    I just wanted to apologize in advance for any noise we might make tonight.

  • to say sorry many times and in a very sincere way


    He apologized profusely for his mistake and promised to make it right.

  • to say sorry on behalf of someone else


    I had to apologize for my colleague's behavior at the meeting.

Origins of apologize

from Greek 'apologia', meaning 'a speech in defense'


Summary: apologize in Brief

'Apologize' [əˈpɒlədʒaɪz] means to express regret for something that one has done wrong. It is often used in situations where one has made a mistake or caused offense. Phrases like 'apologize in advance' and 'apologize profusely' add nuance to the act of apologizing, while 'apologize for someone else' refers to apologizing on behalf of another person.

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