[noun] 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" Synonyms: alibi, exculpation, self-justification
[noun] a note explaining an absence; "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
[noun] a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile" Synonyms: apology
[verb] accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands" Synonyms: pardon
[verb] grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class" Synonyms: relieve, let off, exempt
[verb] serve as a reason or cause or justification of; "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"; "Her recent divorce amy explain her reluctance to date again" Synonyms: explain