Meaning of “apologize” in the English Dictionary

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"apologize" in British English

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apologizeverb [ I ]

UK usually apologise uk /əˈpɒl.ə.dʒaɪz/ us /əˈpɑː.lə.dʒaɪz/

B1 to tell someone that you are sorry for having done something that has caused problems or unhappiness for them:

I must apologize to Isobel for my lateness.
Trains may be subject to delay - we apologize for any inconvenience caused.
She apologized profusely for having to leave at 3.30 p.m.

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  • I tried to apologize, but he just screamed abuse at me.
  • Trains may be subject to delay on the northern line - we apologize for any inconvenience caused.
  • Imagine the humiliation of having to apologize.
  • She apologized profusely for having to leave at 3.30 p.m.
  • He knew he had been wrong, and duly apologized.

(Definition of “apologize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"apologize" in American English

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apologizeverb [ I ]

us /əˈpɑl·əˌdʒɑɪz/

to tell someone that you are sorry for something that has caused inconvenience or unhappiness:

She apologized for her husband’s rudeness.
If I offended you, I apologize.
He said he had nothing to apologize for.

(Definition of “apologize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)