Pronunciation: (u-pol'u-jīz"), [key]
—v.i., -gized, -giz•ing.
1. to offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury: He apologized for accusing her falsely.
2. to make a formal defense in speech or writing. Also, esp. Brit.,a•pol'o•gise".
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