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pardon

verb [T] uk   /ˈpɑː.dən/  us   /ˈpɑːr-/
to forgive someone for something they have said or done. This word is often used in polite expressions: Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is ergonomics? [+ -ing verb] Pardon me interrupting, but there's a client to see you. If someone who has committed a crime is pardoned, that person is officially forgiven and their punishment is stopped: Large numbers of political prisoners have been pardoned and released by the new president.

pardon

noun [C] uk   /ˈpɑː.dən/  us   /ˈpɑːr-/
an occasion when someone who has committed a crime is officially forgiven: He had actively sought a pardon from the president.

pardon

exclamation uk   /ˈpɑː.dən/  us   /ˈpɑːr-/
A2 (US also pardon me) used to politely ask someone to repeat something they have said because you did not hear it
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(US also pardon me, formal or humorous I beg your pardon) used to show that someone has said something that offends you: "Women tend to be fairly useless drivers, anyway." "I beg your pardon!"
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