Definitions of excuse

  1. To free from accusation, or the imputation of fault or blame; to clear from guilt; to release from a charge; to justify by extenuating a fault; to exculpate; to absolve; to acquit.
  2. To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook; as, we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it.
  3. To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon.
  4. To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for.
  5. The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation.
  6. That which is offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology; as, an excuse for neglect of duty; excuses for delay of payment.
  7. That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault.
  8. To pardon; to free from blame, obligation, or duty; to make an apology for; to justify.
  9. To free from blame or guilt: to forgive: to free from an obligation: to release: to make an apology or ask pardon for.
  10. To free from blame or fault; forgive; release; apologise for; justify.
  11. To exculpate; vindicate; justify.
  12. To overlook; pardon.
  13. To release from a service, demand, or claim.
  14. To free from an impending obligation or duty; hence, to disengage; to dispense with; to release by favor; also, to remit by favor; not to exact; as, to excuse a forfeiture.
  15. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; " rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; " he rationalized his lack of success"
  16. ask for permission to be released from an engagement
  17. accept an excuse for; " Please excuse my dirty hands"
  18. grant exemption or release to; " Please excuse me from this class"
  19. To free from the imputation of blame or guilt; to pardon; to free from an obligation; to remit or not to exact; to accept an apology for; to apologize for.
  20. To pardon; to overlook on giving an explanation or apology; to disengage or free from an obligation; to justify.
  21. a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.; " he kept finding excuses to stay"; " every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; " his transparent self- justification was unacceptable"
  22. a note explaining an absence; " he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
  23. A plea offered to justify some fault or neglect of duty; an apology; a pretext or pretended reason.
  24. A plea offered in extenuation of a fault.
  25. That which excuses; apology; plea.
  26. A plea in extenuation of an offense, neglect, or failure; apology.
  27. The act of excusing.
  28. A reason for excusing.
  29. The act of excusing; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or an irregularity.
  30. A plea offered in extenuation of a fault; an apology; a pretext.