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excuse

verb [T]  us   /ɪkˈskjuz/

excuse verb [T] (FORGIVE)

to forgive someone: Please excuse me for being so late – there was a lot of traffic. It was hard to excuse him for treating me so badly.excuse someone from To excuse someone from an activity is to give that person permission to stop doing it or not do it: I was excused from jury duty because I had to take care of my sick mother.
excusable
adjective  us   /ɪkˈskju·zə·bəl/
Considering her difficult childhood, her behavior is excusable.
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