Definition of "excuse" []

  • To explain (a fault or an offense) in the hope of being forgiven or understood: He arrived late and excused his tardiness in a flimsy manner. (verb-transitive)
  • To apologize for (oneself) for an act that could cause offense: She excused herself for being late. (verb-transitive)
  • To grant pardon to; forgive: We quickly excused the latecomer. (verb-transitive)
  • To make allowance for; overlook: Readers must excuse the author's youth and inexperience. See Synonyms at forgive. (verb-transitive)
  • To serve as justification for: Brilliance does not excuse bad manners. (verb-transitive)
  • To pardon or forgive (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To seek pardon or exemption for (a person, esp oneself) (verb)
  • To make allowances for; judge leniently (verb)
  • To serve as an apology or explanation for; vindicate or justify (verb)
  • To exempt from a task, obligation, etc (verb)
  • To dismiss or allow to leave (verb)
  • To seek permission for (someone, esp oneself) to leave (verb)
  • An explanation offered in defence of some fault or offensive behaviour or as a reason for not fulfilling an obligation, etc (noun)
  • An inferior example of something specified; makeshift; substitute (noun)
  • The act of excusing (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "excuse" in a sentence
  • "Bozo, I ask republicans all the time why Bush and the republicans never over turned roe v. wade and their excuse is always “well it should be a State by State decision”"
  • "“I find it insulting and his excuse is awfully lame,” she said."
  • "What sort of excuse is that for discrimination on grounds of martial status?"