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excuse

verb [T] (FORGIVE)   /ɪkˈskjuz/
to forgive someone: Please excuse me for being so late – there was a lot of traffic . It was hard to excuse him for treating me so badly . excuse someone from To excuse someone from an activity is to give that person permission to stop doing it or not do it: I was excused from jury duty because I had to take care of my sick mother . excusable    /ɪkˈskju·zə·bəl/ adjective Considering her difficult childhood , her behavior is excusable.
(Definition of excuse verb (FORGIVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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