How to use
'to give freely'
to officially allow someone who has been found guilty of a crime to go free without being punished
The two spies were pardoned yesterday by the President.
not in progressive
to forgive someone for behaving badly
pardon somebody for something
He could never pardon her for the things she had said.
somebody may be pardoned for doing something
used to say that it is easy to understand why someone has done something or why they think something
Anyone reading the advertisement might be pardoned for thinking that the offer was genuine.
used to say 'sorry' politely when you have accidentally pushed someone or interrupted them
Oh, pardon me, I didn't mean to disturb you.
used to say 'sorry' politely after you have made an impolite sound such as a
used before you politely correct someone or disagree with them
James, if you'll pardon me, you've got it all wrong.
used to politely get someone's attention in order to ask them a question
Pardon me, can you direct me to City Hall?
pardon me for interrupting/asking/saying
used to politely ask if you can interrupt someone, ask them a question, or tell them something
Pardon me for saying so, but you don't look well.
pardon my ignorance/rudeness etc
used when you want to say something which you think may make you seem not to know enough or not to be polite enough
Pardon my ignorance, but what does OPEC stand for?
if you'll pardon the expression
used when you are saying that you are sorry for using an impolite phrase
It was a bit of a cock-up, if you'll pardon the expression.
pardon my French
used humorously to say that you are sorry for using a swear word
pardon me for breathing/living
used when you are annoyed because you think someone has answered you angrily for no good reason
'Shut up, Callum!' 'Well, pardon me for breathing.'
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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