Definition of excuse me
1 —used as a polite way of starting to say somethingExcuse me, but do you mind if I shut the window?
2 —used as a polite way of starting to interrupt someoneExcuse me, but may I say something?
3 —used as a polite way of trying to get someone's attentionExcuse me, do you know where I can find Maple Street?
4 —used as a polite way of starting to say one disagrees with someoneExcuse me, but I don't think those figures are entirely accurate.
5 —used as a polite apology for a minor fault or offense, such as laughing, coughing, or burping
6 US —used as a polite apology for getting in someone's way or bumping into someoneOh, excuse me. I didn't notice you standing there.
7 chiefly US —used as a polite way of asking someone to repeat somethingExcuse me? I didn't hear the last part of what you were saying.
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."
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