Excuse is defined as to forgive, pardon or free from an obligation.(verb)
An example of to excuse is to allow a child to leave the table after dinner.
The definition of an excuse is an explanation or a reason for an action.(noun)
An example of an excuse is a student saying that his dog ate his homework.
See excuse in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME excusen < OFr escuser & L excusare, to free from a charge < L ex-, from + causa, a charge: see cause
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transitive verb ex·cused, ex·cus·ing, ex·cus·es
Origin: Middle English excusen
Origin: , from Old French excuser
Origin: , from Latin excūsāre
Origin: : ex-, ex-
Origin: + causa, accusation; see cause.
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