Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “apology”

See all translations

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
More examples

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…
(Definition of apology from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of apology?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “apology” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More