apologize

When you apologize you admit that you did something wrong, and you say you’re sorry. The point of apologizing is usually to clear the slate and explain why you did what you did.

We all make mistakes. Sometimes we even do bad things on purpose. But it can all be okay, so long as we apologize. Apologize comes from the Greek apologizesthai, which might be impossible to pronounce, but which means, “give an account.” When you accidentally run over your neighbor's flowerbed on your bike, you better be ready to apologize.

Definitions of apologize
  1. verb
    acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing
    “I apologized for being late”
    “He apologized for the many typoes”
    synonyms: apologise
  2. verb
    defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
    synonyms: apologise, 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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