Meaning of “apology” in the English Dictionary

"apology" in British English

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apologynoun

uk /əˈpɒl.ə.dʒi/ us /əˈpɑː.lə.dʒi/

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

  • She wouldn't give in until she received a full apology.
  • I didn't think his grudging remarks really counted as an apology.
  • I offered her an apology, but she wouldn't accept it.
  • He sent me some flowers by way of an apology.
  • I think you owe me an apology.

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 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 opened your letter 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 /əˈpɒlədʒi/ us 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)