Meaning of “excuse” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /ɪkˈskjuːz/
Extra Examples
You could be excused for being confused by the name.Please excuse me for being late.He could have been excused for wanting the event to finish.I can't excuse behaviour like that.It seems amazing now but I still excused his behaviour.

B1 to forgive someone for something that is not very serious:

Please excuse my appearance, I've been painting.
[ + for + doing sth ] She asked him to excuse her for being so rude.

to say that someone does not have to do something that they usually have to do:

Could I be excused from football training today?

B2 to be given as a reason for someone's bad behaviour, so that it does not seem so bad:

Nothing can excuse what he did.
excuse me

A1 used to politely get someone's attention:

Excuse me, does this bus go to Oxford Street?

A2 used to say sorry for something that you do without intending to:

Oh, excuse me, did I take your seat?
excusable adjective

(Definition of “excuse verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)