A·pol·o·gize v. i. [imp. & p. p. Apologized p. pr. & vb. n. Apologizing.]
1. To make an apology or defense.
2. To make an apology or excuse; to make acknowledgment of some fault or offense, with expression of regret for it, by way of amends; -- with for; as, my correspondent apologized for not answering my letter.
Syn: -- apologize, excuse, justify, rationalize
To apologize for his insolent language. --Froude.
A·pol·o·gize, v. t. To defend. [Obs.]
The Christians . . . were apologized by Plinie. --Dr. G. Benson.
v 1: acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing; "I apologized
for being late"; "He apologized for the many typoes"
2: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by
reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy
behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success" [syn: apologise,
excuse, justify, rationalize, rationalise]