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verb [transitive] excuse pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈskjuz/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyexcuse
he/she/itexcuses
present participleexcusing
past tenseexcused
past participleexcused
  1. 1
    to forgive someone for something bad that they have done, especially something that is not very serious

    Please excuse my messy handwriting.

    excuse someone for (doing) something:

    I hope you’ll excuse us for leaving so early.

  2. 2
    [often passive] to give someone permission to leave

    Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to get going.

    1. a.
      to give someone permission not to do something that they usually have to do
      excuse someone from (doing) something:

      You’re excused from doing the dishes tonight.

  3. 3
    to provide a reason or explanation for something bad that someone has done, in order to make it seem less bad

    I know he’s over 70, but that doesn’t excuse his sexist attitudes.

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