pardon me

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pardon me

1 used as a polite way of starting to say something when one is interrupting someone, trying to get someone's attention, or disagreeing with someone
  • Pardon me, but can I speak to you privately for a moment?
  • Pardon me, (but) you dropped this envelope.
  • Pardon me, but I believe you've made a mistake.
2 also pardon used as a polite apology for a minor fault or offense (such as laughing, coughing, or bumping into someone)
  • Oh, pardon me. I didn't see you standing there.
  • Pardon—I didn't mean to bump you.
3 also pardon used as a polite way of asking someone to repeat something spoken
  • Pardon me? I didn't hear you.
  • "Are you ready to go?" "Pardon?" "I asked if you were ready to go."

Word by Word Definitions

pardon play
  1. : indulgence

  2. : the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty

  3. : a release from the legal penalties of an offense

  1. : to absolve from the consequences of a fault or crime

  2. : to allow (an offense) to pass without punishment : forgive

  3. : to relieve of a penalty improperly assessed

me play
  1. : objective case of i


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