Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb apologize

2 senses of apologize

Sense 1
apologize, apologise -- (acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing; "I apologized for being late"; "He apologized for the many typoes")

Sense 2
apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationalise -- (defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success")
       => defend, support, fend for -- (argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike")

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