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

For Korea, that figure is in excess of $400 billion. Washington Post, "Danger Signs From an Esoteric Corner of Finance," 18 Sep. 2019 The annual payroll is in excess of $3.8 million, according to the filling. al, "Mobile’s ongoing legal woes threaten timely budget vote," 17 Sep. 2019 If the smell is overpowering, for example, an officer might conclude the motorist has a quantity of cannabis far in excess of what’s allowed. BostonGlobe.com, "Sniff and search is no longer the default for police in some of the 33 states that have legalized marijuana.," 17 Sep. 2019 Dental supplies valued in excess of $800 plus two dental hand drills valued at $900 were reported stolen Sept. 9 from the office storage closet of a business in the 100 block of Half Day Road. chicagotribune.com, "$30K illegally transferred from elderly Buffalo Grove woman’s bank account following phone ruse: Police," 16 Sep. 2019 So why should any of us be surprised seven Bowlen kids by two marriages couldn’t even wait until their father was in the grave to begin fighting over a football franchise worth in excess of $2.5 billion? Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Collateral damage of prolonged Bowlen family feud over ownership? Broncos will sink to bottom of NFL.," 14 Sep. 2019 People’s lives are truly forever changed after enduring two days of category 5 hurricane winds with gusts in excess of 220 mph. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian relief comes from Florida sports icons Dan Marino, Tiger Woods, Kelly Slater," 13 Sep. 2019 Studies have demonstrated that when a car hits a cyclist at speeds in excess of thirty kilometres per hour the cyclist is not likely to survive. Dan Kois, The New Yorker, "How I Learned to Cycle Like a Dutchman," 13 Sep. 2019 Disney’s commitment even includes accounting for taxes withheld for education benefits in excess of $5,250 annually. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "Cast Members Celebrate One Year of Disney Aspire," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But in a culture that’s historically tolerated and even championed excess, Rucker, Gourdet and other award-winning chefs are spearheading their own movement: sobriety. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Sober and still cool: Celebrity chefs buck addiction to lead wellness movement," 11 Sep. 2019 Drain and rinse under cold water, shaking off the excess; set aside. 2. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Rice-noodle bowls with chicken and broccoli use just a few ingredients and high heat," 3 Sep. 2019 Heat oven to 350 F. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, allowing the excess to extend over the sides of the pan. Dallas News, "5 easy recipes for blondies that include lots of browned butter, nuts and liqueurs," 27 Aug. 2019 Press out excess water from the leaves, and transfer the leaves to a glass or plastic container. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Burma Superstar’s Tea Leaf Salad," 21 Aug. 2019 Over the course of five or six weeks Bintliff will siphon off excess liquid and rerun the mud through the strainer. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "Mud Maker: The Man Behind MLB’s Essential Secret Sauce," 7 Aug. 2019 To cut sticks, score with scissors, then snap off excess and trim any pointy ends with pruning shears. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Weave yarn and nature finds on a stick loom," 2 Aug. 2019 No automaker had more excess capacity in the United States than GM. Chris Isidore, CNN, "The GM strike was inevitable. How it will end isn't so clear," 17 Sep. 2019 Skim any excess fat from top of stew and season with salt and pepper if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ghoulash Stew," 13 Sep. 2019

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, Washington Post, "How American music became both a reflection and an instrument of social change," 10 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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excess

noun

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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