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1 pardon /ˈpɑɚdn̩/ verb
pardons; pardoned; pardoning
1 pardon
/ˈpɑɚdn̩/
verb
pardons; pardoned; pardoning
Learner's definition of PARDON
[+ object]
: to officially say that someone who is guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished
: to say that someone should not be blamed for thinking, doing, or saying something usually used as (be) pardoned for
: to officially say that a person, country, etc., does not have to pay (a debt)
used to be polite in asking questions or saying things that could be considered rude

pardon me

used as a polite way of starting to say something when you are interrupting someone, trying to get someone's attention, or disagreeing with someone
also pardon used as a polite apology for a minor fault or offense (such as laughing, coughing, or bumping into someone)
also pardon used as a polite way of asking someone to repeat something spoken

pardon my French

informal + humorous
used to apologize for using offensive language

pardon the expression

see expression
2 pardon /ˈpɑɚdn̩/ noun
plural pardons
2 pardon
/ˈpɑɚdn̩/
noun
plural pardons
Learner's definition of PARDON
[count]
: an act of officially saying that someone who was judged to be guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished
formal : forgiveness for something
see also beg your pardon at beg
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