excuse me

Definition of excuse me

  1. 1 —used as a polite way of starting to say something Excuse me, but do you mind if I shut the window?

  2. 2 —used as a polite way of starting to interrupt someone Excuse me, but may I say something?

  3. 3 —used as a polite way of trying to get someone's attention Excuse me, do you know where I can find Maple Street?

  4. 4 —used as a polite way of starting to say one disagrees with someone Excuse me, but I don't think those figures are entirely accurate.

  5. 5 —used as a polite apology for a minor fault or offense, such as laughing, coughing, or burping

  6. 6 US —used as a polite apology for getting in someone's way or bumping into someone Oh, excuse me. I didn't notice you standing there.

  7. 7 chiefly US —used as a polite way of asking someone to repeat something. Excuse me? I didn't hear the last part of what you were saying.

  8. 8 informal —often used in an annoyed way when someone has suggested that a person has done something wrong and the person does not agree “You were supposed to be home an hour ago.” “Well, excuse me! I had to fix a flat tire.”

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make apology for

    :  to try to remove blame from

    :  to forgive entirely or disregard as of trivial import :  regard as excusable

  1. :  the act of excusing

    :  something offered as justification or as grounds for being excused

    :  an expression of regret for failure to do something

  1. : objective case ofi

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a dividing ridge between drainage areas

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