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(noun, verb)


There are 9 meanings of the word Excuse.

Excuse - as a noun

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

Example: "He kept finding excuses to stay"

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A note explaining an absence

Example: "He had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"

A poor example

Example: "It was an apology for a meal"

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Excuse - as a verb

Accept an excuse for

Example: "Please excuse my dirty hands"

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Grant exemption or release to

Example: "Please excuse me from this class"

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exempt17let offrelieve10
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Serve as a reason or cause or justification of

Example: "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"

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

Example: "Rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"

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defend11fend forsupport11
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Ask for permission to be released from an engagement

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beg off

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

Example: "Excuse someone's behavior"

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Example Sentences

"I have a valid excuse for being late."
"She made up an excuse to avoid going to the party."
"He used his work as an excuse to avoid attending the meeting."
"I don't buy his excuse for not finishing the project."
"She found a good excuse to leave the party early."
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Word Game Points

Is EXCUSE a valid Scrabble word?
Yes, excuse is valid for both Scrabble US and EU
US/CA Valid UK/EU Valid

EXCUSE has a SCRABBLE points total of 15.

Is EXCUSE a valid Words With Friends word?
Yes, excuse is valid for Words With Friends
Valid Word
EXCUSE has a WORDS WITH FRIENDS points total of 17.

Is EXCUSE a valid WordFeud word?
Yes, excuse is valid for WordFeud
Valid Word
EXCUSE has a WORDFEUD points total of 13.

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