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Definition of pardon verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pardon

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːdn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrdn//
     
    (not usually used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pardon
    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːdn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrdn//
     
    he / she / it pardons
    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːdnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrdnz//
     
    past simple pardoned
    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːdnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrdnd//
     
    past participle pardoned
    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːdnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrdnd//
     
    -ing form pardoning
    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːdnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrdnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1pardon somebody to officially allow somebody who has been found guilty of a crime to leave prison and/or avoid punishment She was pardoned after serving ten years of a life sentence.
  2. 2to forgive somebody for something they have said or done (used in many expressions when you want to be polite) synonym excuse pardon something Pardon my ignorance, but what is a ‘duplex’? The place was, if you'll pardon the expression, a dump. pardon somebody (for something/for doing something) You could be pardoned for thinking (= it is easy to understand why people think) that education is not the government's priority. Pardon me for interrupting you. pardon somebody doing something Pardon my asking, but is that your husband?
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French pardun (noun), pardoner (verb), from medieval Latin perdonare ‘concede, remit’, from per- ‘completely’ + donare ‘give’.Idioms
    excuse/pardon my French
     
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    (informal) used to say that you are sorry for swearing
    1. 1(especially North American English) used to ask somebody to repeat something because you did not hear it or do not understand it
    2. 2used by some people to say ‘sorry’ when they have accidentally made a rude noise or done something wrong
    3. see also I beg your pardon
    pardon me for doing something
     
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    used to show that you are upset or offended by the way that somebody has spoken to you ‘Oh, just shut up!’ ‘Well, pardon me for breathing!’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pardon