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Excuse, vb. 1) to plead for, to justify, vindicate; a) absol.: “never e.” Mids. III, 363. b) trans.: Ven. 403. Sonn. 35, 8. 42, 5. 51, 1. 101, 10. 139, 9. Gentl. II, 6, 8. Wiv. III, 3, 206. Meas. II, 4, 119. IV, 1, 12. Err. III, 1, 1. Err. III, 1, 1 IV, 1, 48. Merch. IV, 1, 64. As IV, 1, 172. Shr. III, 2, 110. All's V, 3, 55. John IV, 2, 30. H8 V, 3, 149. Cor. IV, 7, 11. Rom. III, 1, 69. V, 3, 227. Tim. II, 2, 141. Oth. V, 1, 94. Ant. I, 4, 24. V, 2, 290. Cymb. III, 2, 66.
2) to apologize for not doing: “e. it not, for I am peremptory,” Gentl. I, 3, 71 (== do not decline it). “I must e. myself,” Wiv. III, 2, 54 (== I cannot come). “you must e. me,” H4B V, 1, 3. H4B V, 1, 3 H4B V, 1, 3 H4B V, 1, 3 “e. me to the king,” H6C V, 5, 46 (account for my absence). “the reason that I have to love thee doth much e. the appertaining rage to such a greeting,” Rom. III, 1, 66 (== account for the want of rage). “the excuse that thou dost make in this delay is longer than the tale thou dost e.” II, 5, 34.
3) to pardon, to acquit: “we cite our faults that they may hold --d our lawless lives,” Gentl. IV, 1, 54. “pitied and --d of every hearer,” Ado IV, 1, 218. LLL II, 176. V, 2, 742. V, 2, 742 As IV, 3, 154. As IV, 3, 154 R2 V, 3, 65. H5 V, 2, 329. H6A V, 5, 98. H8 II, 4, 156. H8 II, 4, 156 Troil. I, 2, 87. Tit. IV, 2, 105. Cymb. III, 5, 46. “stand --d:” John IV, 3, 51. R3 I, 2, 86. to e. one's self == to clear one's self from guilt: “pray God the Duke of York e. himself,” H6B I, 3, 181. R3 I, 2, 82.
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