Learner's definition of APOLOGY
1 a : a statement saying that you are sorry about something : an expression of regret for having done or said something wrong
The company issued/delivered an official apology to its customers for its error.
Please accept our sincerest/humblest apologies for any problems we may have caused.
I demand an apology!
I owe you an apology. = You deserve an apology.
a written apology
He made a public apology for his controversial remarks.
He refused to accept my apology.
She makes no apologies for her lifestyle. [=she does not believe that her lifestyle is wrong]
He offered no apology for his bad behavior. [=he didn't say he was sorry for acting badly]
b apologies [plural] : an expression of regret for not being able to do something
We received a letter/note of apology from the company.
Without apology [=without excusing himself or saying he was sorry], he got up and left the room.
2 [count], formal : something that is said or written to defend something that other people criticize — + for 3 [singular], informal : a poor example of something — + for