excess

noun
ex·​cess | \ ik-ˈses How to pronounce excess (audio) , ˈek-ˌses How to pronounce excess (audio) \

Definition of excess

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the state or an instance of surpassing usual, proper, or specified limits : superfluity
b : the amount or degree by which one thing or quantity exceeds another an excess of 10 bushels
2 : undue or immoderate indulgence : intemperance also : an act or instance of intemperance prevent excesses and abuses by newly created local powers — Albert Shanker
in excess of
: to an amount or degree beyond : over

excess

adjective

Definition of excess (Entry 2 of 3)

: more than the usual, proper, or specified amount

excess

verb
excessed; excessing; excesses

Definition of excess (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to eliminate the position of excessed several teachers because of budget cutbacks

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Examples of excess in a Sentence

Noun They were equipped with an excess of provisions. The tests found an excess of sodium in his blood. He lived a life of excess. The movie embraces all the worst excesses of popular American culture. the violent excesses of the military regime He apologized for his past excesses. Adjective Basketball provided an outlet for their excess energy. She is trying to eliminate excess fat and calories from her diet.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year, the company tallied revenue in excess of $1.3 billion. New York Times, "Pandemic Exposes Holes in Sweden’s Generous Social Welfare State," 8 Oct. 2020 The Church of England Pensions Board manages funds in excess of $3.6 billion. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: OPEC isn’t worried about peak oil demand yet," 8 Oct. 2020 But officers say the $14 stipends are not being added to their base pay for the purposes of calculating overtime, which is one and a half 1½ times their rate of pay for all hours in excess of 171 hours in a 28-day work period. Washington Post, "More than 1,000 D.C. police officers claim they have been shorted on overtime payments during pandemic," 7 Oct. 2020 The Permanent Fund is in excess of $65 billion dollars. Anchorage Daily News, "Candidate Q&A: Alaska Senate District F — Jim Cooper," 3 Oct. 2020 Currently, the developing world’s debt burden stands at around 60% of GDP, while the developed world is straining under a debt-to-GDP ratio in excess of 120%. Nathanial Gronewold, Scientific American, "Climate Change and COVID Threaten to Sink Small Island Nations," 2 Oct. 2020 Even before Ginsburg’s death, Trump was running on having confirmed in excess of 200 federal judges, fulfilling a generational aim of conservative legal activists. Zeke Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Trump to nominate conservative Amy Coney Barrett for court," 26 Sep. 2020 Even before Ginsburg’s death, Trump was running on having confirmed in excess of 200 federal judges, fulfilling a generational aim of conservative legal activists. Dallas News, "Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court," 26 Sep. 2020 Even before Ginsburg's death, Trump was running on having confirmed in excess of 200 federal judges, fulfilling a generational aim of conservative legal activists. Arkansas Online, "Trump to nominate conservative Amy Coney Barrett for court," 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Dampen your Beauty Blender, squeeze out excess water, then bounce the foam sponge across your face for a streak-free finish, regardless of the formula of your foundation and concealer. NBC News, "Prime Day 2020: Top deals on beauty and wellness," 13 Oct. 2020 When that happens, excess water must be returned to our rivers and lakes without being treated. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, "Cisterns and abandoned rainleaders," 6 Oct. 2020 Wipe away excess water with a clean, dry towel. Repeat the steps above until your space is fully clean. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Clean Walls," 7 Aug. 2020 Remove to a colander; drain, squeezing out any excess water. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Foods that cool you off (and they may not be what you would expect)," 3 Aug. 2020 Carefully lift the underwear out of the water and gently squeeze it to remove any excess water. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Most Effective Way to Hand-Wash Clothes in Your Sink, Delicates or Otherwise," 2 June 2020 Seasons with excess rain can also have outbreaks of rust due to the depletion of nitrogen in the soil. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn with yellowed patches leaving orange powdery residue likely sign of rust disease. Here’s how to treat it.," 26 Sep. 2020 Rinse the grapes, shaking off excess water, then place in a bowl. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Want a dish that keeps on giving? Roast a chicken.," 23 Sep. 2020 Enter drainage tile systems: a network of underground pipes to help carry away excess water. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Scrub Hub: What are drainage tiles and why are they an environmental issue?," 9 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How American music became both a reflection and an instrument of social change," 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How American music became both a reflection and an instrument of social change," 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How American music became both a reflection and an instrument of social change," 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How American music became both a reflection and an instrument of social change," 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How American music became both a reflection and an instrument of social change," 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How American music became both a reflection and an instrument of social change," 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How American music became both a reflection and an instrument of social change," 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How American music became both a reflection and an instrument of social change," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of excess

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excess

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French exces, from Late Latin excessus, from Latin, departure, projection, from excedere to exceed

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Time Traveler for excess

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The first known use of excess was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

16 Oct 2020

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“Excess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excess. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for excess

excess

noun
How to pronounce excess (audio) How to pronounce excess (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of excess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount that is more than the usual or necessary amount
: behavior that is considered wrong because it goes beyond what is usual, normal, or proper
: actions or ways of behaving that go beyond what is usual or proper

excess

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of excess (Entry 2 of 2)

: more than is usual, allowed, or needed

excess

noun
ex·​cess | \ ik-ˈses How to pronounce excess (audio) , ˈek-ˌses \

Kids Definition of excess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a state of being more than enough Don't eat to excess.
2 : the amount by which something is or has too much

excess

adjective

Kids Definition of excess (Entry 2 of 2)

: more than is usual or acceptable

excess

adjective
ex·​cess

Legal Definition of excess

: more than a usual or specified amount specifically : additional to an amount specified under another insurance policy excess coverage excess insurance

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