ask for permission to be released from an engagement accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands
To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook; as, we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it
If someone is excused from a duty or responsibility, they are told that they do not have to carry it out. She is usually excused from her duties during the school holidays She was excused duties on Saturday
formulae You say excuse me to apologize when you have bumped into someone, or when you need to move past someone in a crowd. = sorry
To excuse someone or excuse their behaviour means to provide reasons for their actions, especially when other people disapprove of these actions. He excused himself by saying he was `forced to rob to maintain my wife and cat' That doesn't excuse my mother's behaviour. = justify
An excuse is a reason which you give in order to explain why something has been done or has not been done, or in order to avoid doing something. It is easy to find excuses for his indecisiveness Once I had had a baby I had the perfect excuse to stay at home If you stop making excuses and do it you'll wonder what took you so long. = justification disapproval If you say that there is no excuse for something, you are emphasizing that it should not happen, or expressing disapproval that it has happened. There's no excuse for behaviour like that Solitude was no excuse for sloppiness
a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc ; "he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
That which is offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology; as, an excuse for neglect of duty; excuses for delay of payment
defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
"he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable" excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities" serve as a reason or cause or justification of; "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"; "Her recent divorce amy explain her reluctance to date again" grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class" ask for permission to be released from an engagement accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands
If you excuse someone for something wrong that they have done, you forgive them for it. Many people might have excused them for shirking some of their responsibilities. = forgive
formulae You use excuse me to apologize to someone when you have disturbed or interrupted them. Excuse me interrupting, but there's a thing I feel I've got to say
"he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
politeness You use excuse me or a phrase such as if you'll excuse me as a polite way of indicating that you are about to leave or that you are about to stop talking to someone. `Excuse me,' she said to Jarvis, and left the room Now if you'll excuse me, I've got work to do
If you say that someone's wrong words or actions are excusable, you mean that they can be understood and forgiven. I then realised that he had made a simple but excusable historical mistake. = forgivable. behaviour that is excusable can be forgiven = forgiveable inexcusable
[ ik-skyüz, imperatively ] (transitive verb.) 13th century. Middle English excusen Old French escuser Latin excuso (“to excuse, allege in excuse, literally, free from a charge”) ex (“out”) + causa (“a charge”); see cause and accuse.
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