American English

Definition of pardon noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an official decision not to punish someone for a crime, or to say that someone is not guilty of a crime to ask/grant/receive a pardon a presidential/royal pardon The Pardon Board has no power to stop execution.
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) pardon (for something) the action of forgiving someone for something synonym forgiveness He asked her pardon for having deceived her.
  3. Idioms
      I beg your pardon
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    1. 1(formal) used to tell someone that you are sorry for something you have said or done I beg your pardon, I thought that was my coat.
    2. 2used to ask someone to repeat what they have just said because you did not hear “It's on Bleecker Street.” “I beg your pardon.” “Bleecker Street.”
    3. 3used to tell someone that you are offended by what they have just said or by the way that they have said it “Just go away.” “I beg your pardon!”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pardon