Etymology
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apologize (v.)

1590s, "to speak in defense of;" see apology + -ize. Sense of "regretfully acknowledge" is attested by 1725. The Greek equivalent, apologizesthai, meant simply "to give an account." Related: Apologized; apologizing; apologizer.

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Definitions of apologize

apologize (v.)
acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing;
He apologized for the many typoes
I apologized for being late
Synonyms: apologise
apologize (v.)
defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning;
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