1 excuse /ɪkˈskjuːz/ verb
excuses; excused; excusing
1 excuse
excuses; excused; excusing
Learner's definition of EXCUSE
[+ object]
: to forgive someone for making a mistake, doing something wrong, etc.,
: to say that (someone) is not required to do something
: to allow (someone, such as a child) to leave
: to be an acceptable reason for (something) : justify

excuse me

Excuse me is used as a polite way of starting to say something. It can be used when you are interrupting someone, trying to get someone's attention, or disagreeing with someone.
◊ It is also used as a polite apology for a minor fault or offense, such as laughing, coughing, or burping, and, in U.S. English, for getting in someone's way or bumping into someone.
◊ The phrase is also used, especially in U.S. English, as a polite way of asking someone to repeat something.
◊ In informal use, excuse me is often used in an annoyed way when someone has suggested that you have done something wrong and you do not feel that you have.

excuse yourself

: to say politely that you have to leave

— excusable

/ɪkˈskjuːzəbəl/ adjective
2 excuse /ɪkˈskjuːs/ noun
plural excuses
2 excuse
plural excuses
Learner's definition of EXCUSE
[count] : a reason that you give to explain a mistake, bad behavior, etc.
excuses [plural] : reasons that you give to explain politely why you cannot do something, why you have to leave, etc.
[count] : something (such as a condition or set of conditions) that explains improper behavior and makes it acceptable usually used in negative statements
[count] : a reason for doing something
[count] : a poor example + for
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