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More definitions of "excuse":
- (verb): Excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with.
Example: "Excuse someone's behavior"
- (noun): A defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc..
Synonyms: alibi, exculpation, self-justification
- (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"
Synonyms: relieve, let off, exempt
- (verb): Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning.
Synonyms: apologize, apologise, justify, rationalize, rationalise
- (noun): A note explaining an absence.
Example: "He had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
- (verb): Accept an excuse for.
Example: "Please excuse my dirty hands"
- (verb): Ask for permission to be released from an engagement.
Synonyms: beg off
Famous quotes containing the word excuse:
“Cynical realismits the intelligent mans best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.”
—Aldous Huxley (18941963)
“Providing for ones family as a good husband and father is a water-tight excuse for making money hand over fist. Greed may be a sin, exploitation of other people might, on the face of it, look rather nasty, but who can blame a man for doing the best for his children?”
—Eva Figes (b. 1932)
“It will be no excuse to an idle and untoward servant, who would not attend his business by candle-light, to plead that he had not broad sun-shine. The candle, that is set up in us, shines bright enough for all our purposes.”
—John Locke (16321704)