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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 that you are sorry for something wrong you have done: 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
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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 Mark Johnson.

apology noun (EXPLANATION)

[C] formal a formal explanation or defence of a belief or system, especially one that is unpopular
Translations of “apology”
in Korean 사과…
in Arabic اعْتِذار…
in Portuguese desculpas…
in Catalan disculpa…
in Japanese 謝罪, 陳謝…
in Italian scusa, scuse…
in Chinese (Traditional) 道歉, 認錯, 謝罪…
in Russian извинение…
in Turkish özür, pişmanlık bildiren söz veya yazı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 道歉, 认错, 谢罪…
in Polish przeprosiny…
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