I. verb — [no obj.] 1. express regret for something that one has done wrong • I must apologize for disturbing you like this
• we apologize to him for our error.
– origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘make a defensive argument’): from Greek apologizesthai ‘give an account’, from apologos (see apologue). In English the verb has always been used as if it were a direct derivative of apology.