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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A reason or explanation for an act.

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Used as a noun, listen here, it means: A reason or explanation for an act. Used as a verb, listen here, it means: To forgive someone for doing something that is not seriously wrong, such as being rude or careless.

Usage examples (40)
  • History will never accept difficulties as an excuse.
  • excuse someone's behavior
  • Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work
  • Please excuse me from this class for more
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