Translation of "excuse" - English-Italian dictionary


verb uk /ɪkˈskjuːz/ us /ɪkˈskjuz/ present participle excusing, past tense and past participle excused

B1 to forgive someone for something that is not very serious

Please excuse my appearance – I’ve been painting. Per favore scusate il mio aspetto – stavo imbiancando.

to say that someone does not have to do something

esentare, dispensare
Could I be excused from football training today? Potrei essere esentato dall’allenamento di calcio oggi?
excuse me

A1 used to politely get someone’s attention

mi scusi, scusa, scusatemi
Excuse me, does this bus go to Oxford Street? Mi scusi, questo autobus va a Oxford Street?
excuse me

A2 used to say sorry for something that you have done

mi scusi, scusa, scusatemi
Oh, excuse me, did I take your seat? Oh, mi scusi, ho preso il suo posto?
excuse me

used to ask someone politely to move so that you can get past

è permesso?
noun uk /ɪkˈskjuːs/ us /ɪkˈskjus/

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

scusa, giustificazione
I hope he’s got a good excuse for being so late. Spero che abbia una buona scusa per essere così in ritardo.

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

Nick was just looking for an excuse to call her. Nick stava solo cercando un pretesto per chiamarla.

(Translation of “excuse” from the Cambridge English–Italian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)