excuse excuse  /ɪks ˈkjus/


  1. (n) a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
  2. (n) a note explaining an absence
  3. (n) a poor example
  4. (v) accept an excuse for
  5. (v) grant exemption or release to
  6. (v) serve as a reason or cause or justification of
  7. (v) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
  8. (v) ask for permission to be released from an engagement
  9. (v) excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with


  1. That the job was a small one not requiring a full-bore investigation is no excuse.
  2. The couple demands from grantees the same relentless focus on results expected of Microsoft employees and takes away the classic excuse for failure: not enough money.
  3. It took him a couple days to think of that excuse.


  1. Fathers abound at Pismo Car Show

    Fixing up a 1926 Ford Phaeton convertible street rod was the perfect excuse for Alex Meyer of Nipomo and his 17-year-old son Blake, who lives in Albuquerque, N.M., to spend some quality time together.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: The Adobe Press

  2. Widener: AthFest Day 2 offers great tunes all around town

    Although the main stage at AthFest might be the main stage, it's no excuse for not roaming through downtown to discover an intimacy the main stage can't offer. On Saturday at the Caledonia Lounge's Dirty Athens Day Party, T. Hardy Morris, the Dead Confederate front man, came on stage mid afternoon inside the Lounge.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Athens Banner-Herald

  3. Westminster gets another small-schools program of year nod

    Excuse us if this is getting boring. For Westminster, it's not.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


  1. "I think those statements are wildly inaccurate, and there's no excuse for them," Mr. McCain said from Kabul on the ABC News program "This Week." "I believe we have to win here. I believe in freedom. But the fact is that I think that Mr....
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: John McCain Source: New York Times

  2. "I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused," Ferguson said in a statement. "It is true that my financial situation is under stress. However, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment and I am very sorry that this...
    on May 25, 2010 By: Sarah Ferguson Source: Vancouver Sun

  3. "While Alex deserves credit for publicly confronting the issue, there is no valid excuse for using such substances and those who use them have shamed the game," Selig said. "What Alex did was wrong and he will have to live with the damage he...
    on Feb 12, 2009 By: Bud Selig Source: Los Angeles Times

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