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"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

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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
(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   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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“apology” in Business English

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