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noun apology pronunciation in British English /əˈpɒlədʒi/
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  1. 1
    [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?

    1. a.


      [plural] British a statement from someone saying that they are sorry that they cannot go to a meeting
  2. 2
    [countable] formal a statement in which you defend or explain something such as an idea


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