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English verb: apologise

1. apologise (communication) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning


SamplesRationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior.
He rationalized his lack of success.


Synonymsapologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)defend, fend for, support


Narrower (hyponym)color, colour, extenuate, gloss, mitigate, palliate, plead

2. apologise (communication) acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing


SamplesI apologized for being late.
He apologized for the many typoes.


Synonymsapologize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to somebody


Entailacknowledge, admit









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