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Dictionary definition for: Excuse

1. (n) a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.; "he kept finding excuses to stay" "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job" "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"

2. (v) accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands"

3. (n) a note explaining an absence; "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"

4. (v) grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class"

5. (n) a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal" "a poor excuse for an automobile"

6. (v) serve as a reason or cause or justification of; "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work" "Her recent divorce amy explain her reluctance to date again"

7. (v) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child''s seemingly crazy behavior" "he rationalized his lack of success"

8. (v) ask for permission to be released from an engagement

9. (v) excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; "excuse someone''s behavior" "She condoned her husband''s occasional infidelities"

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