Definitions for excuse

Definitions for (noun) excuse

Main entry: excuse, apology

Definition: a poor example

Usage: it was an apology for a meal; a poor excuse for an automobile

Main entry: excuse

Definition: a note explaining an absence

Usage: he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him

Main entry: alibi, self-justification, exculpation, excuse

Definition: a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

Usage: he kept finding excuses to stay; every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job; his transparent self-justification was unacceptable

Definitions for (verb) excuse

Main entry: excuse, condone

Definition: excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

Usage: excuse someone's behavior; She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities

Main entry: excuse, explain

Definition: serve as a reason or cause or justification of

Usage: Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work; Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again

Main entry: excuse, exempt, relieve, let off

Definition: grant exemption or release to

Usage: Please excuse me from this class

Main entry: excuse, beg off

Definition: ask for permission to be released from an engagement

Main entry: rationalise, rationalize, justify, apologise, apologize, excuse

Definition: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

Usage: rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior; he rationalized his lack of success

Main entry: pardon, excuse

Definition: accept an excuse for

Usage: Please excuse my dirty hands

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