What does apologise mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationaliseverb

    defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

    "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"

  2. apologize, apologiseverb

    acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing

    "I apologized for being late"; "He apologized for the many typoes"


  1. apologise

    An apology is an expression of regret or remorse for actions, while apologizing is the act of expressing regret or remorse. In informal situations, it may be called saying sorry. The goal of apologizing is generally forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration of the relationship between the people involved in a dispute.The nature of apologizing involves at least two people where one has offended the other.According to the attribution theory, giving an apology as early as possible leads to less conflict during the discussion and increases communication satisfaction. The way the apology is given affects the outcome and the process of forgiveness. For example, putting genuine emotion into an apology generally helps resolve disputes more quickly and helps rid negative emotions faster. When responding to a crisis, there are multiple implications and ethical standards organizations and groups might follow.


  1. apologise

    To apologise means to express one's regret, remorse or sorrow for having offended or hurt someone. This can also involve admitting an error or mistake and asking for forgiveness. It is a means of seeking reconciliation and restoring a relationship that was affected by one's actions or words.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apologise' in Verbs Frequency: #1041

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apologise in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apologise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of apologise in a Sentence

  1. Heather Cho:

    I apologise to the people of this country as chairman of Korean Air and as a father for the trouble caused by my daughter's foolish conduct.

  2. Jill Ellis:

    I apologise for disappointing my team mates, coaches and the Federation who have always supported me, i think it's best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team.

  3. Manuel Lanzini:

    I want to apologise for a bad mistake I made over Christmas and I take full responsibility for my actions.

  4. Volkswagen China:

    We have paid close attention to CCTV reporting ... and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers.

  5. Paul Cook:

    We are appalled by the behaviour of certain members of staff at Medway Secure Training Centre shown in the programme and I would like to apologise personally to any young people involved in these incidents.

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