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excuse for, excuse from

Excuse someone for something means to pardon or forgive him or her.

  • Joel hopes Paulette will excuse him for falling asleep during the concert.
  • Please excuse me for my unthinking remarks.

When one excuses a person from something, he or she is relieved of a duty or responsibility.

  • Ivan was excused from jury duty because of poor health.