verb (used with object), ex·cused, ex·cus·ing.
Origin of excuse
SYNONYMS FOR excuse
British Dictionary definitions for excuse me
verb (ɪkˈskjuːz) (tr)
Derived Formsexcusable, adjectiveexcusableness, nounexcusably, adverb
Word Origin for excuse
Idioms and Phrases with excuse me
Also, I beg your pardon, pardon me. Forgive me, as in Excuse me, please let me pass, or Pardon me for asking, or I beg your pardon, I don't think so. These phrases are used as an apology for interrupting a conversation, bumping into someone, asking a speaker to repeat something, politely disagreeing with something said, and so on. The first dates from about 1600, the first variant from about 1800, the second from the mid-1700s.
Also, excuse oneself. Allow or ask to leave or be released from an obligation. For example, Please excuse me, I have to leave now, or I asked the judge to excuse me from jury duty. [1920s]