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Meaning of APOLOGIZE

Pronunciation:  u'pâlu`jIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing; "I apologized for being late"; "He apologized for the many typoes"
  2. [v]  defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"

APOLOGIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: apologise, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize
 See Also: acknowledge, admit, color, colour, defend, extenuate, fend for, gloss, mitigate, palliate, plead, support



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*pol"o*gize\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Apologized}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Apologizing}.] [Cf. F. apologiser.]
    1. To make an apology or defense. --Dr. H. More.
    2. 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.
             To apologize for his insolent language. --Froude.
  2. \A*pol"o*gize\, v. t.
    To defend. [Obs.]
          The Christians . . . were apologized by Plinie. --Dr.
                                                   G. Benson.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: alibi, alibi out of, apologize for, ask forgiveness, beg indulgence, beg pardon, cover with excuses, defend, do penance, espouse, excuse, express regret, justify, lie out of, make apology for, offer excuse for, plead guilty, plead ignorance, reform, repent, squirm out of, take back, think better of, vindicate, worm out of