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excuse

excuse - Dictionary definition and meaning for word excuse

Definition
(noun) a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
Example Sentence
  • he kept finding excuses to stay
  • every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job
  • his transparent self-justification was unacceptable

Definition
(noun) a note explaining an absence
Example Sentence
  • he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him

Definition
(noun) a poor example
Synonyms : apology
Example Sentence
  • it was an apology for a meal
  • a poor excuse for an automobile

Definition
(verb) accept an excuse for
Synonyms : pardon
Example Sentence
  • Please excuse my dirty hands

Definition
(verb) grant exemption or release to
Synonyms : exempt , let off , relieve
Example Sentence
  • Please excuse me from this class

Definition
(verb) serve as a reason or cause or justification of
Synonyms : explain
Example Sentence
  • Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work
  • Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again

Definition
(verb) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
Example Sentence
  • rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior
  • he rationalized his lack of success

Definition
(verb) ask for permission to be released from an engagement
Synonyms : beg off

Definition
(verb) excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
Synonyms : condone
Example Sentence
  • excuse someone's behavior
  • She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities

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