apologise

Apologise is the British English spelling of the verb apologize. So if you need to say you're sorry for something you did in London, you should apologise.

Apologise comes from Greek word apologia, which means "a speech in defense of something." So use the verb apologise if you are making an excuse for, defending, or explaining some action. If you "accidentally" ate the last piece of pizza without offering it to anyone else and then burped in everyone's face at the table, you should probably apologise.

Definitions of apologise
  1. verb
    acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing
    synonyms: apologize
  2. verb
    defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
    synonyms: apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize
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    types:
    color, colour, gloss
    give a deceptive explanation or excuse for
    plead
    offer as an excuse or plea
    extenuate, mitigate, palliate
    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
    type of:
    defend, fend for, support
    argue or speak in defense of
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