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English definition of “pardon”

pardon

verb [T]     /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 interrupt ing , but there's a client to see you.Making and accepting apologies 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 .Not punishing and reducing punishment
(Definition of pardon verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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