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pardon

verb [T]  /ˈpɑr·dən/ us  
to forgive someone for something: Satellite radio is about to – pardon the expression (= forgive me for using this phrase) – go into orbit. If someone who has committed a crime is pardoned, the person is officially forgiven and punishment is stopped: He was convicted of murder, but was later pardoned by the governor.
Idioms

pardon

exclamation  /ˈpɑr·dən/ us  
said when you have not heard what someone has said to you and you want the person to repeat it: "The train leaves at 2:15." "Pardon?"

pardon

noun [C]  /ˈpɑr·dən/ us  
forgiveness: He had actively sought a pardon (= official forgiveness) from the president.
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