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noun apology pronunciation in British English /əˈpɒlədʒi/
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singularapology
pluralapologies
  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.

      apologies

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