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excuse
'excuse' - used as a noun
1. a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
he kept finding excuses to stay
2. a note explaining an absence
he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him
3. a poor example
a poor excuse for an automobile

'excuse' - used as a verb
4. accept an excuse for
Please excuse my dirty hands
5. grant exemption or release to
Please excuse me from this class
6. serve as a reason or cause or justification of
Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work
7. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
8. ask for permission to be released from an engagement
9. excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
excuse someone's behavior

derived forms
1. Excuse / Plural
excuses
2. Excuse / Past
excused
3. Excuse / Third Person
excuses
4. Excuse / Present Participle
excusing
Variations of 'excuse'
 
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Fact of the day
In the U.S. the most common excuse made to get out of paying a ticket is to say they missed the sign.