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  Definition of apologize
  1. acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing; "I apologized for being late"; "He apologized for the many typoes"
  2. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child''s seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
Similar Words: apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationalise

 

Hyponyms: color, colour, gloss, plead, extenuate, palliate, mitigate

 

Entailments: admit, acknowledge

 

Derivational Morphology: apology, rationalization, rationalisation, justification, apologist, vindicator, justifier, excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification, apologia

 

 
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