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noun [countable] excuse pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈskjus/
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  1. 1
    a reason that you give to explain why you have done something bad, or why you have not done something that you should have done
    a reasonable/valid/legitimate excuse
    excuse for: What excuse did they give for the delay?
    have an excuse: Joe was late, but as always he had an excuse.
    make/give an excuse: He made some excuse about having a lot of work to do.
  2. 2
    a reason for doing something that you want to do
    excuse for: Birthdays are always a good excuse for a party.
    an excuse to do something: Emily was glad to have an excuse to change the subject.



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