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Translation of excuse in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (forgive) [mistake/misconduct] disculpar, perdonar please excuse the bad handwriting/long delay in replying disculpe or perdone la mala letra/la tardanza en contestar excuse my interrupting oexcuse me for interrupting, but … perdóneme la interrupción, pero …, perdone que le interrumpa, pero … excuse me! (attracting attention) ¡perdón!, ¡perdone (usted)! [formal] (apologizing) perdón, perdóneme ( or perdóname etc) excuse me, can I get past? (con) permiso, por favor, ¿me permite, por favor?
    Example sentences
    • I'm still fooling around with it, so please excuse the mess while we fix the place up.
    • I won't get to post until after I do Sunrise so newbie readers, excuse the mess.
    • She escorted the couple inside, told them to ‘please excuse the mess,’ and did the mini-tour.
    Example sentences
    • These groups are quick to point out that no one has yet been killed in one of their attacks, as if that fact somehow excuses their other criminal activity.
    • Lester's negativity is presumably excused by the fact that when he did care about a band, he like really cared man.
    • The first film's rather subdued acting could be excused by the fact that it had had to set the scene, give the background to the few people who'd never heard of the stories.
    1.2 (justify) [conduct/rudeness] excusar, justificar*
  • 2 (release from obligation) disculpar they asked to be excused pidieron que los disculparan please may I be excused? (used by schoolchildren) señorita ( or profesor etc) ¿puedo ir al baño or (Spain/España) al servicio? to excuse sb (from) sth dispensar or eximir a algn de algo
    Example sentences
    • Thankfully, I was excused from jury duty this time.
    • Eventually, much to my surprise, once Siana was about 8 months pregnant, Mary excused her from her duties so she could rest.
    • I would like to request that Elizabeth be excused from her usual duties.

reflexive verb/verbo reflexivo

  • to excuse oneself 1.1 (on leaving) excusarse she excused herself and left se excusó y se fue 1.2 (offer excuse) excusarse, disculparse
    Example sentences
    • There are prisoners from Louisiana excusing their crimes by blaming boredom.
    • Apart from our penchant for ritual, in matters of corruption it is our fondness of explaining and excusing the crime that is most visible.
    • Without the confession of faith we are bound to rationalize our actions, excuse our sins, and dodge the law's accusation.
    Example sentences
    • Twenty minutes later all tests had been handed in and Hector excused us from the room as the bell rang, announcing the start of a break between classes.
    • We went on and on for another hour and once again, right on time, Nurse Patz entered the room to excuse my father and send Maggie in.
    • After she was finished, I excused her from my room, and sat beside Asona.


  • 1.1 (justification) excusa (feminine) there's no excuse for rudeness la mala educación no tiene excusa to offer an excuse disculparse, pedir* disculpas, pedir* perdón I refuse to make excuses for you any longer no pienso seguir tratando de justificarte 1.2 (pretext) excusa (feminine), pretexto (masculine) that's just an excuse eso no es más que una excusa or un pretexto a good excuse una buena excusa a lame excuse una excusa poco convincente to make excuses poner* excusas, buscar* pretextos a birthday is a good excuse for a party un cumpleaños es una buena excusa para una fiesta he's a pathetic excuse for a man no merece llamarse hombre 1.3
    (excuses plural)
    excusas (feminine plural) to make one's excuses excusarse

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