Translation of excuse in Spanish:
transitive verbAmerican English: /ɪkˈskjuz/ British English: /ɪkˈskjuːz/ , /ɛkˈskjuːz/
- 1 1.1 (forgive) please excuse the bad handwriting/long delay in replyingdisculpe or perdone la mala letra/la tardanza en contestarexcuse my interrupting oexcuse me for interrupting, but …perdóneme la interrupción, pero …excuse me!
perdone que le interrumpa, pero …(attracting attention) ¡perdón!
¡perdone (usted)! [formal](apologizing) perdónexcuse me, can I get past?
perdóneme ( or perdóname etc)(con) permiso, por favor
¿me permite, por favor?Example sentences1.2 (justify)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 (release from obligation) they asked to be excusedpidieron que los disculparanplease may I be excused? (used by schoolchildren)señorita ( or profesor etc) ¿puedo ir al baño or (Spain) al servicio?to excuse somebody (
from) somethingdispensar or eximir a alguien dealgoExample 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 verbto excuse oneself
- 1 (on leaving)excusarseshe excused herself and leftse excusó y se fueExample 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.
nounAmerican English: /ɪkˈskjus/ British English: /ɪkˈskjuːs/ , /ɛkˈskjuːs/
- 1 (justification) there's no excuse for rudenessla mala educación no tiene excusato offer an excusedisculparseI refuse to make excuses for you any longer
pedir perdónno pienso seguir tratando de justificarteExample sentences
- Outsiders, when brought before the court on charges of drunkenness, invariably pleaded to drinking too much of the local cider as the excuse for their offences.
- What was my excuse for being absent the last day?
- However, there's also a statutory defence for the defence to show that they had a reasonable excuse for failing to turn up.
- 2 (pretext) that's just an excuseeso no es más que una excusa or un pretextoa good excuseuna buena excusaa lame excuseuna excusa poco convincenteto make excusesponer excusasa birthday is a good excuse for a party
buscar pretextosun cumpleaños es una buena excusa para una fiestahe's a pathetic excuse for a manno merece llamarse hombreExample sentences
- Cynics advanced the view that the police attitude was merely an excuse and that the real reason was the fear that the hoped-for field would not materialise.
- Students also believed their colleagues use age as an excuse to mask their real reasons for not returning to school, whatever those reasons might be.
- The usual excuse is put forward - it will provide more jobs.
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