pardons, pardoning, pardoned
1) CONVENTION (formulae) You say `Pardon?' or `I beg your pardon?' or, in American English, `Pardon me?' when you want someone to repeat what they have just said because you have not heard or understood it. [SPOKEN]

`Will you let me open it?' - `Pardon?' - `Can I open it?'...

`Does it have wires coming out of it?' - `Pardon me?' - `Does it have wires coming out of it?'

2) CONVENTION (feelings) People say `I beg your pardon?' when they are surprised or offended by something that someone has just said. [SPOKEN]

`Would you get undressed, please?' - `I beg your pardon?' - `Will you get undressed?'

3) CONVENTION (formulae) You say `I beg your pardon' or `I do beg your pardon' as a way of apologizing for accidentally doing something wrong, such as disturbing someone or making a mistake. [SPOKEN]

I was impolite and I do beg your pardon...

`We're meant to do it quarterly actually.' - `Oh quarterly, I beg your pardon, I thought it was monthly.'

4) CONVENTION (formulae) Some people say `Pardon me' instead of `Excuse me' when they want to politely get someone's attention or interrupt them. [mainly BRIT, SPOKEN]

Pardon me, are you finished, madam?

(in AM, use excuse me)
5) CONVENTION (politeness) You can say things like `Pardon me for asking' or `Pardon my frankness' as a way of showing you understand that what you are going to say may sound rude. [SPOKEN]

That, if you'll pardon my saying so, is neither here nor there.

6) CONVENTION (formulae) Some people say things like `If you'll pardon the expression' or `Pardon my French' just before or after saying something which they think might offend people. [SPOKEN]

It's enough to make you wet yourself, if you'll pardon the expression.

7) VERB: usu passive If someone who has been found guilty of a crime is pardoned, they are officially allowed to go free and are not punished.

[be V-ed] Hundreds of political prisoners were pardoned and released.

Pardon is also a noun.

They lobbied the government on his behalf and he was granted a presidential pardon.

English dictionary. 2008.

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