1: a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
2: a note explaining an absence
3: a poor example
1: accept an excuse for
2: grant exemption or release to
3: serve as a reason or cause or justification of
4: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
5: ask for permission to be released from an engagement
6: excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
Example sentence: What is your excuse for being late?