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verb [transitive] excuse pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈskjuːz/
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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 untidy handwriting.
    excuse someone for (doing) something: I hope you’ll excuse us for leaving so early.
  2. 2
    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.
  3. 3
    [often passive] 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 washing-up tonight.
    1. a.
      to give someone permission to leave
      Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to get going.

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