- 1 to forgive somebody for something that they have done, for example not being polite or making a small mistake excuse something Please excuse the mess. excuse somebody You must excuse my father—he's not always that rude. excuse somebody for something/for doing something I hope you'll excuse me for being so late. (British English) You might be excused for thinking that Ben is in charge (= he is not, but it is an easy mistake to make). excuse somebody doing something (formal) Excuse my interrupting you.
- 2 excuse something | excuse somebody/yourself (for something/for doing something) to make your or somebody else’s behaviour seem less offensive by finding reasons for it synonym justify Nothing can excuse such rudeness.
- 3excuse somebody/yourself (from something) to allow somebody to leave; to say in a polite way that you are leaving Now if you'll excuse me, I'm a very busy man. She excused herself and left the meeting early.
- 4[usually passive] excuse somebody (from something/from doing something) | excuse somebody something to allow somebody to not do something that they should normally do She was excused from giving evidence because of her age. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French escuser (verb), from Latin excusare
- 1 used to politely get somebody’s attention, especially somebody you do not know Excuse me, is this the way to the station?
- 2 used to politely ask somebody to move so that you can get past them Excuse me, could you let me through?
- 3 used to say that you are sorry for interrupting somebody or behaving in a slightly rude way Guy sneezed loudly. ‘Excuse me,’ he said.
- 4 used to disagree politely with somebody Excuse me, but I don't think that's true.
- 5 used to politely tell somebody that you are going to leave or talk to somebody else ‘Excuse me for a moment,’ she said and left the room.
- 6 (especially North American English) used to say sorry for pushing somebody or doing something wrong Oh, excuse me. I didn't see you there.
- 7 excuse me? (North American English) used when you did not hear what somebody said and you want them to repeat it
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BrE BrE//ɪkˈskjuːz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskjuːz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they excuse
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskjuːz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskjuːz//he / she / it excuses
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskjuːzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskjuːzɪz//past simple excused
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskjuːzd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskjuːzd//past participle excused
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskjuːzd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskjuːzd//-ing form excusing
BrE BrE//ɪkˈskjuːzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskjuːzɪŋ//