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EXCUSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does excuse mean? 

EXCUSE (noun)
  The noun EXCUSE has 3 senses:

1. a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
2. a note explaining an absence
3. a poor example

  Familiarity information: EXCUSE used as a noun is uncommon.


EXCUSE (verb)
  The verb EXCUSE has 6 senses:

1. accept an excuse for
2. grant exemption or release to
3. serve as a reason or cause or justification of
4. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
5. ask for permission to be released from an engagement
6. excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

  Familiarity information: EXCUSE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXCUSE (noun)


Sense 1excuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

self-justification; excuse; exculpation; alibi

Context examples:

he kept finding excuses to stay / every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job / his transparent self-justification was unacceptable

Hypernyms ("excuse" is a kind of...):

defence; defense; vindication (the justification for some act or belief)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "excuse"):

extenuation; mitigation (a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances)


Sense 2excuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A note explaining an absence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him

Hypernyms ("excuse" is a kind of...):

billet; line; note; short letter (a short personal letter)


Sense 3excuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A poor example

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

apology; excuse

Context examples:

it was an apology for a meal / a poor excuse for an automobile

Hypernyms ("excuse" is a kind of...):

example; illustration; instance; representative (an item of information that is representative of a type)


EXCUSE (verb)


Sense 1excuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Accept an excuse for

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

excuse; pardon

Context example:

Please excuse my dirty hands

Hypernyms (to "excuse" is one way to...):

forgive (stop blaming or grant forgiveness)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2excuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Grant exemption or release to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

let off; exempt; excuse; relieve

Context example:

Please excuse me from this class

Hypernyms (to "excuse" is one way to...):

absolve; free; justify (let off the hook)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "excuse"):

frank (exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Sentence example:

Sam cannot excuse Sue


Sense 3excuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serve as a reason or cause or justification of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

excuse; explain

Context examples:

Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work / Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again

Hypernyms (to "excuse" is one way to...):

justify; vindicate (show to be right by providing justification or proof)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "excuse"):

alibi (exonerate by means of an alibi)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 4excuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

apologise; rationalize; apologize; rationalise; justify; excuse

Context examples:

rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior / he rationalized his lack of success

Hypernyms (to "excuse" is one way to...):

defend; fend for; support (argue or speak in defense of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "excuse"):

color; colour; gloss (gloss or excuse)

plead (offer as an excuse or plea)

extenuate; mitigate; palliate (lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5excuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ask for permission to be released from an engagement

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

beg off; excuse

Hypernyms (to "excuse" is one way to...):

bespeak; call for; quest; request (express the need or desire for; ask for)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 6excuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

condone; excuse

Context examples:

excuse someone's behavior / She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities

Hypernyms (to "excuse" is one way to...):

forgive (stop blaming or grant forgiveness)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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