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noun apology pronunciation in American English /əˈpɑlədʒi/
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    [countable] a statement that tells someone that you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem
    We would have been happy with an apology.
    make an apology: He made a public apology for his remarks.
    owe someone an apology (=feel that you should apologize to someone): I think I owe you an apology.
    demand an apology: We wrote to the editor demanding an apology.
    accept someone’s apology: Of course we accepted his apologies – what else could we do?



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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