Excuse - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈskjuːs|  American pronunciation of the word excuse
Brit.  |ɪkˈskjuːs|  British pronunciation of the word excuse


- a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.(syn: alibi, exculpation, self-justification)
- a note explaining an absence
- a poor example(syn: apology)


- accept an excuse for(syn: pardon)
- grant exemption or release to(syn: exempt, relieve)
- serve as a reason or cause or justification of(syn: explain)
- defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning (syn: apologise, apologize, rationalise, rationalize)
- ask for permission to be released from an engagement
- excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with(syn: condone)


His boss excused the mistake but told him to be more careful next time.

Please excuse me for not calling sooner.

I was excused from jury duty.

The teacher excused the class from homework that day.

Nothing can excuse that kind of rudeness.

Her father's illness excused her absence.

What's your excuse for being so late?

She had no valid excuse for not finishing her homework.

He's always making excuses for himself.

I made my excuses and left.

His birthday gives us a good excuse for a party.

We must ask you to excuse us from sending you a quotation.

Nothing can excuse such neglect.

I'll excuse you this time, but don't be late again.

Please excuse my bad handwriting.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: excuse
he/she/it: excuses
present participle: excusing
past tense: excused
past participle: excused
singular: excuse
plural: excuses
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