verb (used without object), a·pol·o·gized, a·pol·o·giz·ing.
- to offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury: He apologized for accusing her falsely.
- to make a formal defense in speech or writing.
- to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
- to make a formal defence in speech or writing
chiefly British English spelling of apologize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Apologised; apologising.
1590s, “to speak in defense of;” see apology + -ize. Main modern sense “to regretfully acknowledge” is attested by 1725. The Greek equivalent, apologizesthai, meant simply “to give an account.” Related: Apologized; apologizing.