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apology

noun uk   /əˈpɒl.ə.dʒi/ us    /-ˈpɑː.lə-/

apology noun (SAYING SORRY)

B1 [C or U] an act of saying sorry: I have an apology to make to you - I'm afraid I opened your letter by mistake. He's demanding a full apology from the newspaper for making untrue allegations about his personal life. "Was he at all sorry for what he'd done?" "Oh he was full of apologies (= extremely sorry)." She complained to the company and they sent her a written apology. I owe you an apology - I'm afraid I forgot to send that report. a letter of apology

apology noun (MESSAGE)

(your) apologies B1 [plural] formal a message politely telling someone that you cannot be present at their meeting or party: The vice chair has sent his apologies - he's abroad at present. Apologies were received from Phil Baker and Malcolm Johnson.

apology noun (EXPLANATION)

[C] formal a formal explanation or defence of a belief or system, especially one that is unpopular
(Definition of apology from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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