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Translation of excuse in Spanish:

transitive verb

American English: /ɪkˈskjuz/
British English: /ɪkˈskjuːz/
, /ɛkˈskjuːz/
  • 1 1.1 (forgive)
    please excuse the bad handwriting/long delay in replying
    disculpe or perdone la mala letra/la tardanza en contestar
    excuse my interrupting or excuse 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.
    1.2 (justify)
    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
    • 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 excused
    pidieron que los disculparan
    please may I be excused? (used by schoolchildren)
    señorita ( or profesor etc. ) ¿puedo ir al baño?
    señorita ( or profesor etc. ) ¿puedo ir al servicio? (Spain)
    to excuse somebody (from) something
    dispensar or eximir a alguien 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

to excuse oneself
  • 1 (on leaving)
    she excused herself and left
    se excusó y se fue
    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.
  • 2 (offer excuse)


American English: /ɪkˈskjus/
British English: /ɪkˈskjuːs/
, /ɛkˈskjuːs/
  • 1 (justification) there's no excuse for rudeness
    la mala educación no tiene excusa
    to offer an excuse
    pedir disculpas
    pedir perdón
    I refuse to make excuses for you any longer
    no pienso seguir tratando de justificarte
    Example 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 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
    Example 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.
  • 3
    also: excuses plural
    excusas (feminine plural)
    to make one's excuses
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