1. A defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc. (synset 106754000)
    "he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
  2. A note explaining an absence (synset 106638953)
    "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
  3. A poor example (synset 105829462)
    "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
  1. Accept an excuse for (synset 200907805)
    "Please excuse my dirty hands"
  2. Grant exemption or release to (synset 200895399)
    "Please excuse me from this class"
  3. Serve as a reason or cause or justification of (synset 200894956)
    "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"; "Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
  4. Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning (synset 200896259)
    "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
  5. Ask for permission to be released from an engagement (synset 200895742)
  6. Excuse, overlook, or make allowances for;
    Be lenient with (synset 200894688)
    "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"

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