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"apology" in British English

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apologynoun

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 ​openedyourletter by ​mistake. He's ​demanding a full apology from the ​newspaper for making ​untrueallegations about his ​personallife. "Was he at all ​sorry for what he'd done?" "Oh he was full of apologies (= ​extremelysorry)." 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 ​messagepolitelytelling someone that you cannot be ​present at ​theirmeeting or ​party: The ​vicechair has sent his apologies - he's ​abroad at ​present. Apologies were ​received from Phil Baker and ​Mark Johnson.
  • apology noun (EXPLANATION)

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

"apology" in American English

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apologynoun [C]

 us   /əˈpɑl·ə·dʒi/
an ​act of saying that you are ​sorry: I have an apology to make to you – I ​openedyourletter by ​mistake. He ​owes me an apology (= He should say he is ​sorry). My apologies (= I am ​sorry) for not writing you ​sooner.
(Definition of apology from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"apology" in Business English

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apologynoun

uk   us   /əˈpɒlədʒi/ (plural apologies)
[C or U] the ​act of saying sorry or a ​message that says sorry: An apology and a ​refund are being ​sent to the ​customer.issue/make an apology The ​hotel has ​issued an apology for its mistake. a letter of apology formal Please accept my apologies.
apologies [plural] MEETINGS the ​act of telling the ​person in ​charge of a ​meeting that you are not able to come, or the ​list of ​people who have done this: Ms Kamen ​sends her apologies. First on the ​agenda we have apologies, then the treasurer's ​report.
(Definition of apology from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “apology”
in Arabic اعْتِذار…
in Korean 사과…
in Portuguese desculpas…
in Catalan disculpa…
in Japanese 謝罪, 陳謝…
in Chinese (Simplified) 道歉, 认错, 谢罪…
in Turkish özür, pişmanlık bildiren söz veya yazı…
in Russian извинение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 道歉, 認錯, 謝罪…
in Italian scusa, scuse…
in Polish przeprosiny…
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