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- 1. apologize, apologise
- usage: acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing; "I apologized for being late"; "He apologized for the many typoes"
- 2. apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationalise, defend, support, fend for
- usage: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
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