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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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