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Definition of apologize:

  1. To defend.
  2. To make an apology or defense.
  3. 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.


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