ETYM Cf. French excuse. Related to Excuse.
A defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.; SYN. alibi, self-justification.
1. To make an excuse or make allowances for; be lenient with; SYN. condone.
2. To grant exemption or release to; SYN. relieve, let off, exempt.
3. To serve as an excuse for; SYN. explain.
4. To accept an excuse for; SYN. pardon.
5. To ask for permission to be released from an engagement; SYN. beg off.