Translation of "excuse" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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excuseverb [ T ]

uk /ɪkˈskjuːz/ us /ɪkˈskjuːz/

B1 to forgive someone

Please excuse me for arriving late - the bus was delayed. 我来晚了,请原谅——公共汽车晚点了。
Nothing can excuse that sort of behaviour. 无论如何那种行为都是不可原谅的。
No amount of financial recompense can excuse the way in which the company carried out its policy. 这家公司竟这样执行制度,这种行为无论用多少钱赔偿都无法让人宽恕。
We cannot excuse him for these crimes. 我们无法原谅他犯下的这些罪行。
I asked the teacher if I could be excused from (= allowed not to do) hockey practice as my knee still hurt. 我的膝盖仍然很疼,因此我向老师请假看能否不参加足球训练。
Please excuse me from (= allow me to miss) the rest of the meeting - I've just received a phone call that requires my immediate attention. 请原谅,我不能继续出席会议了——我刚接到一个电话,有急事需要我马上处理。
excuse me

A1 a polite way of attracting someone's attention, especially of someone you do not know

Excuse me, does this bus go to Oxford Street? 打扰一下,请问这辆公共汽车去牛津大街吗?

used to politely ask someone to move so that you can walk past them

Excuse me, can I just get past? 劳驾,请让我过一下。

used to tell someone politely that you are leaving

Excuse me a moment, I'll be with you shortly. 抱歉,失陪一会儿,我马上就回来。

A2 used to say sorry for something you have done by accident

Did I take your seat? Do excuse me. 我坐了你的座位吗?太对不起了。

said before disagreeing with someone

Excuse me but aren't you forgetting something? 请原谅,但你是不是忘掉了些什么?

US UK pardon?, I beg your pardon? used to politely ask someone to repeat something they have said because you have not heard it


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excusenoun [ C ]

uk /ɪkˈskjuːs/ us /ɪkˈskjuːs/

B1 a reason that you give to explain why you did something wrong

He'd better have a good excuse for being late. 他迟到最好有正当的理由。
I've never known him to miss a meeting - I'm sure he'll have an excuse. 据我所知,他从来没有缺席过会议——我敢肯定他不来是有原因的。
There's no excuse for that sort of behaviour. 根本没什么借口为那种行为开脱。

B1 a false reason that you give to explain why you do something

[ + to infinitive ] She was just looking for an excuse to call him. 她只是找个借口给他打电话罢了。
Any excuse for a holiday! 只要能去度假,找任何借口都行!
make your excuses

to explain why you cannot be present somewhere

Please make my excuses at the meeting on Friday. 我不能参加周五的会议了,请代我致歉。
make excuses

to give false reasons why you cannot do something

You're always making excuses for not helping me. 你总是找种种借口不来帮我。

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  • When I asked him why he was late, he gave me some excuse about having car trouble.
  • I made up an excuse about having to look after the kids.
  • I don't want to go tonight but I can't think up a good excuse.
  • Whenever I ask him why his essay's late, he just comes out with the same old excuses.
  • You're always making excuses for not helping me.

(Translation of “excuse” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)