excuse me - definition and synonyms

phrase spoken
  1. 1
    used for politely getting someone’s attention

    Excuse me, do you know what time it is?

  2. 5
    used for politely telling someone you are leaving

    Excuse me for a moment – I have to make a phone call.

  3. 7
    mainly American used for asking someone to repeat something

    ‘How old are you?’ ‘Excuse me?’

See also main entry: excuse