Meaning of APOLOGY in English

/ əˈpɒlədʒi; NAmE əˈpɑːl-/ noun ( pl. -ies )


[ C , U ] apology (to sb) (for sth) a word or statement saying sorry for sth that has been done wrong or that causes a problem :

to offer / make / demand / accept an apology

You owe him an apology for what you said.

We should like to offer our apologies for the delay to your flight today.

We received a letter of apology.


[ C , usually pl. ] information that you cannot go to a meeting or must leave early :

The meeting started with apologies (= the names of people who said they could not go to the meeting) .

( formal )

She made her apologies and left early.


- make no apology / apologies for sth



mid 16th cent. (denoting a formal defence against an accusation): from French apologie , or via late Latin from Greek apologia a speech in one's own defence, from apo away+ -logia (see -ology ).

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