To relieve (someone or something) of a load; to unburden (a load).
(obsolete, reflexive) Of a body of water, to discharge (oneself), empty oneself.
To free from an obligation, responsibility or task.
To free from accusation or blame.
- I would examine the Caspian Sea, and see where and how it exonerates itself, after it hath taken in Volga, Iaxartes, Oxus, and those great rivers; at the mouth of Obi, or where?
Forgiveness for an offence.
* 1748 : Samuel Richardson, Clarissa
(legal) An order that releases a convicted criminal without further punishment, prevents future punishment, or (in some jurisdictions) removes an offence from a person's criminal record, as if it had never been committed.
* 1974 : President Gerald Ford, Proclamation 4311
- a step, that could not be taken with the least hope of ever obtaining pardon from or reconciliation with any of my friends;
- I... have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States ...
* I beg your pardon
* 1599 : (William Shakespeare),
* 1815 : (Jane Austen), (Emma)
- O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, / That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
- I hope you will not find he has outstepped the truth more than may be pardoned , in consideration of the motive.
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To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
(legal) To grant an official pardon for a crime; unguilt.
* 1900', , ' (The House Behind the Cedars) , Chapter I,
- I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.
- The murderer, he recalled, had been tried and sentenced to imprisonment for life, but was pardoned by a merciful governor after serving a year of his sentence.
* pardon me
* pardon my French
- Pardon? , What did you say?, Can you say that again?