Meaning of “pardon (me)” in the English Dictionary

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"pardon (me)" in British English

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pardon (me)

formal I beg your pardon

used to say that you are sorry for doing something wrong or for being rude

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

"pardon me" in American English

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pardon me

please repeat what you just said:

Pardon me? I didn't hear you.
Pardon me

Pardon me is sometimes used to say you are sorry when you do something slightly rude, such as burp or accidentally push someone.

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Pardon me is also polite way of attracting someone’s attention:

Pardon me, does this train go to Oakland?
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Pardon me can also be used to show respect before disagreeing with someone:

Pardon me, but I think you have that wrong.

(Definition of “pardon me” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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