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definition of the word excuse

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< Middle English excusen < Old French excuser < Latin excusare (to excuse, allege in excuse, lit. free from a charge) < ex (out) + causa (a charge); see cause. Cf. accuse.

/Eks"kjuz/ (US)

Infinitive
to excuse

Third person singular
excuses

Simple past
excused

Past participle
excused

Present participle
excusing

to excuse (third-person singular simple present excuses, present participle excusing, simple past and past participle excused)

  1. (transitive) To forgive; to pardon.
    I excused him his transgressions.
  2. (transitive) To allow to leave.
    May I be excused from the table?
    I excused myself from the proceedings to think over what I'd heard.
  3. (transitive) To provide an excuse for; to explain, with the aim of alleviating guilt or negative judgement.
    You know he shouldn't have done it, so don't try to excuse his behavior!


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