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Definition 1: a poor example - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where excuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for excuse in the sense of this definition

(excuse is a kind of ...) an item of information that is typical of a class or group

"this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome" "there is an example on page 10"

Definition 2: a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc. - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where excuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for excuse in the sense of this definition

(excuse is a kind of ...) the justification for some act or belief

"he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

(... is a kind of excuse ) a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances

Definition 3: a note explaining an absence - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where excuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(excuse is a kind of ...) a short personal letter

"drop me a line when you get there"

Definition 4: accept an excuse for - [verb of communication]

Samples where excuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please excuse my dirty hands

Synonyms for excuse in the sense of this definition

(excuse is a kind of ...) stop blaming or grant forgiveness

"I forgave him his infidelity" "She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday"

Definition 5: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning - [verb of communication]

Samples where excuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for excuse in the sense of this definition

(excuse is a kind of ...) argue or speak in defense of

"She supported the motion to strike"

(... is a kind of excuse ) give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

"color a lie"

(... is a kind of excuse ) offer as an excuse or plea

"She was pleading insanity"

(... is a kind of excuse ) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

"The circumstances extenuate the crime"

Definition 6: excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with - [verb of communication]

Samples where excuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for excuse in the sense of this definition

(excuse is a kind of ...) stop blaming or grant forgiveness

"I forgave him his infidelity" "She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday"

Definition 7: serve as a reason or cause or justification of - [verb of communication]

Samples where excuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for excuse in the sense of this definition

(excuse is a kind of ...) show to be right by providing justification or proof

"vindicate a claim"

(... is a kind of excuse ) exonerate by means of an alibi

Definition 8: grant exemption or release to - [verb of communication]

Samples where excuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please excuse me from this class

Synonyms for excuse in the sense of this definition

(excuse is a kind of ...) let off the hook

"I absolve you from this responsibility"

(... is a kind of excuse ) exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks

Definition 9: ask for permission to be released from an engagement - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for excuse in the sense of this definition

(excuse is a kind of ...) express the need or desire for

"She requested an extra bed in her room" "She called for room service" "when you call, always ask for Mary"

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