Complete Definition of "excuse"

English

Pronunciation
Verb:
*AHD: ĭkskyo͞oz'
*IPA: /ɪkˈskjuːz/ (UK), /ɛksˈkjuːz/ (UK), /ɪksˈkjuz/ (US)
*SAMPA: /<tt>Iks"kju:z</tt>/ (UK), /<tt>Eks"kju:z</tt>/ (UK),
/<tt>Eks"kjuz</tt>/ (US)
audio|en-us-excuse-verb.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun:
*AHD: ĭkskyo͞os'
*IPA: /ɪkˈskjuːs/ (UK), /ɛksˈkjuːs/ (UK), /ɪksˈkjus/ (US)
*SAMPA: /<tt>Iks"kju:s</tt>/ (UK), /<tt>Eks"kju:s</tt>/ (UK), /<tt>Eks"kjus</tt>/ (US)
audio|en-us-excuse-noun.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-uːz|-uːz

Transitive verb
rfc-trverb|Transitive verb
en-verb|excus|ing

  1. To forgive; to pardon.

#:I excused him his transgressions.

  1. To allow to leave.

#:May I be excused from the table?
#:I excused myself from the proceedings to think over what I'd heard.

  1. 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!

Synonyms
(forgive): forgive, let off the hook, let pass, pardon

Derived terms
excuse me

Translations

trans-top|forgive, pardon
Chinese: 原諒, 原谅
Czech: omluvit
Dutch: vergeven, excuseren
French: excuser, pardonner
German: entschuldigen
trans-mid
Italian: scusare, perdonare
Malayalam: ക്ഷമിയ്ക്കുക (kshamiykkuka)
Norwegian: tilgi
Romanian: scuza
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trans-top|allow to leave
Dutch: excuseren
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trans-top|explain with the aim of alleviating guilt or negative judgement
Dutch: goedpraten
German: entschuldigen
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Noun
en-noun

  1. An explanation designed to avoid or alleviate guilt or negative judgement.

#:Tell me why you were late &ndash; and I don't want to hear any excuses!

Usage notes
We often say to make an excuse.
see|Appendix:MakeDoTakeHave

Synonyms
(explanation designed to avoid or alleviate guilt or negative judgement): pretext

Translations

trans-top|explanation designed to avoid or alleviate guilt or negative judgement
Czech: omluva f (apology), výmluva f (dishonest), záminka f (dishonest)
Dutch: excuus n, verontschuldiging f
Hebrew: תירוץ, אמתלה n
French: excuse f, prétexte m
German: Entschuldigung f
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Italian: scusa f, pretesto m
Malayalam: ക്ഷമാപണം (kshamaapaNam), ഒഴിവുകഴിവ് (ozhivu kazhivu)
Norwegian: unnskyldning m
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