Please excuse the mess.
Your good grades do not excuse your drinking.
You must excuse my husband, he doesn't speak English.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 4, 6
NOTE: This is a subsense of sense 1 where the NP being excused is leaving a room or disappearing from an area. Syntax Is: NP1 EXCUSE NP2[human]
I asked the teacher if I could be excused to make a phone call.
Monroe had to be excused from the meeting for excessive coughing.
"Excuse me, madame," he said.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 5