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pardonverb [T]

uk   /ˈpɑː.dən/ us   /ˈpɑːr.dən/
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 interrupting, but there's a client to see you.
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.

pardonnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɑː.dən/ us   /ˈpɑːr.dən/
an occasion when someone who has committed a crime is officially forgiven: He had actively sought a pardon from the president.

pardonexclamation

uk   /ˈpɑː.dən/ us   /ˈpɑːr.dən/
A2 US also pardon me used to politely ask 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 fairly useless drivers, 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 officially forgiven 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 train leaves at 2:15." "Pardon?"

pardonnoun [C]

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