"excused" in the verb sense
1. excuse, pardon
accept an excuse for
"Please excuse my dirty hands"
2. excuse, relieve, let off, exempt
grant exemption or release to
"Please excuse me from this class"
3. excuse, explain
serve as a reason or cause or justification of
"Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"
"Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
4. apologize, apologise, excuse, rationalize, rationalise
defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"
"he rationalized his lack of success"
5. excuse, beg off
ask for permission to be released from an engagement
6. excuse, condone
excuse, overlook, or make allowances for be lenient with
"excuse someone's behavior"
"She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"
"excused" in the adjective sense
"one of the excused jurors planned to write a book"
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