Translation of "excuse" - English-Traditional 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. 我來遲了,請原諒——因為公車延誤了。
Nothing can excuse that sort of behaviour. 無論如何那種行為都是不可原諒的。
No amount of financial recompense can excuse the way in which the company carried out its policy. 這間公司竟如此執行制度,這種行為無論賠多少錢都不能寬恕。
We cannot excuse him for these crimes. 我們無法原諒他犯下的這些罪行。
I asked the teacher if I could be excused from (= allowed not to do) hockey practice as my knee still hurt. 我的膝蓋仍然很痛,因此我向老師請假希望可以不參加足球訓練。
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. 請原諒我不能繼續出席會議——我剛接到電話,有急事要立即處理。
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? 打擾一下,請問這輛公車會去牛津大街嗎?

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

Excuse me, can I just get past? 不好意思,請讓我過一下。

used to tell someone politely that you are leaving

Excuse me a moment, I'll be with you shortly. 抱歉,失陪一會兒,我馬上回來。

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

Did I take your seat? Do excuse me. 我坐了你的座位嗎?太對不起了。

said before disagreeing with someone

Excuse me but aren't you forgetting something? 請原諒,但你是不是忘記了些甚麼?

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. 他遲到最好有正當的理由。
I've never known him to miss a meeting - I'm sure he'll have an excuse. 據我所知,他從來沒有缺席過會議——我敢肯定他不來是有原因的。
There's no excuse for that sort of behaviour. 根本沒有藉口為那種行為開脫。

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. 她只是找個藉口打電話給他。
Any excuse for a holiday! 只要可以去渡假,任何藉口都不成問題!
make your excuses

to explain why you cannot be present somewhere

Please make my excuses at the meeting on Friday. 我不能參加星期五的會議了,請代我致歉。
make excuses

to give false reasons why you cannot do something

You're always making excuses for not helping me. 你總是找各種藉口不來幫我。

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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 (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)