pardon-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Excuse some minor social infraction; accept an excuse for something.

Pardon me!
Please pardon my dirty hands.
We should pardon his bad manners for a time.

VerbNet: judgement-33
FrameNet: Forgiveness
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: Officially grant absolution for an offense.

Ford pardoned Nixon.
The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President.
We cannot simply pardon corporate actions such as these.

VerbNet: judgement-33
FrameNet: Forgiveness,Pardon
PropBank: pardon.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2