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pardonverb [T]

uk   /ˈpɑː.dən/  us   /ˈpɑːr-/
to ​forgive someone for something they have said or done. This word is often used in ​politeexpressions: 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 ​officiallyforgiven and ​theirpunishment is ​stopped: Large ​numbers of ​politicalprisoners have been pardoned and ​released by the new ​president.

pardonnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɑː.dən/  us   /ˈpɑːr-/
an ​occasion when someone who has ​committed a ​crime is ​officiallyforgiven: He had ​activelysought a pardon from the ​president.

pardonexclamation

uk   /ˈpɑː.dən/  us   /ˈpɑːr-/
A2 (US also pardon me) used to ​politelyask 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 ​fairlyuselessdrivers, ​anyway." "I beg your pardon!"

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(Definition of pardon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pardon" in American English

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pardonverb [T]

 us   /ˈpɑr·dən/
to ​forgive someone for something: Satellite ​radio is about to – pardon the ​expression (= ​forgive me for using this phrase) – go into ​orbit. If someone who has ​committed a ​crime is pardoned, the ​person is ​officiallyforgiven and ​punishment is ​stopped: He was ​convicted of ​murder, but was ​later pardoned by the ​governor.
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pardonexclamation

 us   /ˈpɑr·dən/
said when you have not ​heard what someone has said to you and you ​want the ​person to ​repeat it: "The ​trainleaves at 2:15." "Pardon?"

pardonnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɑr·dən/
forgiveness: He had ​activelysought a pardon (= ​officialforgiveness) from the ​president.
(Definition of pardon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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