English dictionary definition of:



  • a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
  • a note explaining an absence
  • a poor example


  • accept an excuse for
  • grant exemption or release to
  • serve as a reason or cause or justification of
  • defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
  • ask for permission to be released from an engagement
  • excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with


alibi apologise British English spelling apologize American English spelling apology beg off condone exculpation exempt explain justify let off pardon rationalise British English spelling rationalize American English spelling relieve self-justification

Spellzone course content

View spelling list u-e words - set 2 and learn about the word excuse in the Spellzone English spelling course, Unit 7. Long vowels e.g ee, ea or y? oa, o-e, or ow? u-e, ue, or ew?.

Scrabble score for excuse

Scrabble score = 15

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