S3 [əˈpɔlədʒi US əˈpa:-] n plural apologies
[Date: 1500-1600; : Late Latin; Origin: apologia 'written or spoken defense', from Greek, from apo- ( APOCALYPSE) + logos 'speech']
1.) [U and C]
something that you say or write to show that you are sorry for doing something wrong
apology from
She finally received an apology from the company.
I feel I owe you an apology .
He wrote to the editor of the newspaper demanding an immediate apology .
apology for
Please accept my sincere apologies for my behaviour yesterday.
She had to make a formal public apology for her remarks.
I make no apology for repeating the question.
Those affected have been sent letters of apology .
'He always does this,' said Isabelle, by way of apology .
2.) apologies [plural]
a message that you send to a meeting to say that you will not be able to come to the meeting
Edward can't be here today, but he sends his apologies .
3.) make your apologies
to say that you are sorry but you have to leave
I quickly made my apologies and left.
4.) literary
a statement in which you defend something you believe in after it has been criticized by other people
apology for
an apology for Christianity
5.) an apology for sth
a very bad example of something
They served us up an apology for a meal.
COLLOCATES for sense 1
receive an apology
owe somebody an apology
demand an apology
accept an apology
make an apology (for something)
issue an apology (=make an official apology - used about governments, companies etc)
I make no apology (for something) (=used when saying you are not sorry about something)
letter of apology
written apology
formal apology
public apology
by way of apology (=in order to show you are sorry)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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