Definitions of excuse:
  • noun:   a note explaining an absence
    Example: "He had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
  • noun:   a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
    Example: "He kept finding excuses to stay"
  • noun:   a poor example
    Example: "A poor excuse for an automobile"
  • verb:   excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
    Example: "Excuse someone's behavior"
  • verb:   serve as a reason or cause or justification of
    Example: "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"
  • verb:   grant exemption or release to
    Example: "Please excuse me from this class"
  • verb:   ask for permission to be released from an engagement
  • verb:   accept an excuse for
    Example: "Please excuse my dirty hands"
  • verb:   defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

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