1. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior


he rationalized his lack of success

Syn: ↑apologize, ↑excuse, ↑justify, ↑rationalize, ↑rationalise
Derivationally related forms:
Hypernyms: ↑defend, ↑support, ↑fend for
color, ↑colour, ↑gloss, ↑plead, ↑extenuate, ↑palliate, ↑mitigate
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

2. acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing

I apologized for being late


He apologized for the many typoes

Syn: ↑apologize
Derivationally related forms: ↑apology, ↑apology (for: ↑apologize)
Entailment: ↑admit, ↑acknowledge
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s


Somebody ——s that CLAUSE


Somebody ——s to somebody

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • apologise — v. 1. same as {apologize}. Syn: apologize, excuse, justify, rationalize [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apologise — (v.) chiefly British English spelling of APOLOGIZE (Cf. apologize); for suffix, see IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Apologised; apologising …   Etymology dictionary

  • apologise — v. 1) to apologise humbly 2) (D; intr.) to apologise for; to (he apologised to us for being late) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • apologise — British variant of apologize …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • apologise — [[t]əpɒ̱ləʤaɪz[/t]] see apologize …   English dictionary

  • apologise — v. express regret, express sorrow for one s actions (alternate spelling for apologize) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • apologise — apol·o·gise …   English syllables

  • apologise — UK [əˈpɒlədʒaɪz] / US [əˈpɑləˌdʒaɪz] apologize …   English dictionary

  • apologise — [əˈpɒləˌdʒaɪz] a British spelling of apologize …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • apologise — /əˈpɒlədʒaɪz / (say uh poluhjuyz) verb (i) (apologised, apologising) 1. to offer excuses or regrets for some fault, insult, failure, or injury. 2. to make a formal defence in speech or writing. Also, apologize. –apologiser, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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