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 Other estimates say the percentage of youth with myopia or nearsightedness is even greater, in excess of 45%, said Dr. April Jones, a pediatric optometrist with Riley Childrens Health. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The number of nearsighted kids is soaring — and the reason why may not be what you think," 2 Dec. 2019 The city of Lead, South Dakota, was hit with 30 inches of snow and reported snow drifts in excess of 5 feet. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Winter storms trigger travel headaches in 30 states; plane slides off taxiway in Buffalo," 2 Dec. 2019 Hanzon has been in the business of immersive excess for a long time. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Camp Christmas is a daring work of interactive holiday art," 29 Nov. 2019 In general, if your losses exceed your gains, up to $3,000 of the excess could be deductible, while the rest can be carried forward to future years. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Strong stock market may hide problems with your portfolio. Here are 5 tips to prepare," 10 Nov. 2019 That can mean experimental textiles and ecological materials, or editing a collection down to its purest form, getting rid of excesses. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Milan: Less is more at Prada, Arbesser keeps it personal," 18 Sep. 2019 Because unlike Nike or Converse or Keds, Rothy’s owns and controls its entire supply chain, down to the materials used and the elimination of production excess. Shannon Fitzgerald, Fortune, "How Sustainable Startup Rothy’s Found Success Turning Recycled Water Bottles into Fashionable Footwear," 15 Sep. 2019 Will people look back on a year like 2019, full of excess, and see this as a demarcation point on the way to a new version of the sport? Jon Tayler, SI.com, "MLB Is a Game of Extremes in 2019. What Does That Mean for the Sport's Future?," 3 Sep. 2019 With the Met Gala as the backdrop of the season, this is shaping up to be the summer of excess. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Go For The Bold With Head-Turning Statement Jewelry," 5 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The euphoria, the excess, of that moment is what Brockhampton is all about. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brockhampton brings bangers to Milwaukee's Eagles Ballroom, and 30 fans onto the stage," 5 Dec. 2019 Is there really that much excess money in our budget? Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A big salary, luxury cars, and a new dacha—Russia’s space leader lives large," 3 Dec. 2019 Fans wonder if this indicates a change of heart or an economic necessity from an excess of bad/dubious contracts? Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Has Riley been rejuvenated by Heat’s youth movement?," 5 Nov. 2019 In the past many Alabama sheriffs have personally kept excess jail food money, citing an antiquated state law as permission to do so. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Former Alabama sheriff sentenced to probation in federal tax case," 17 Oct. 2019 Mr Bernanke’s concern in the early 2000s was that Asia’s excess cash was flooding into bond markets in America and beyond, depressing long-term real interest rates. The Economist, "Excess Asian savings are weighing on global interest rates," 21 Nov. 2019 Officials said excess soil is expected to be sent to land intended to become an ecologically sustainable village. USA TODAY, "Bei Bei goes bye-bye, human compost company, Confederate statue whisked away: News from around our 50 states," 21 Nov. 2019 Any excess collections will go back to the counties for property tax relief, public safety, parks and recreation or economic development. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Evers signs law ending Miller Park sales tax next year in 5 southeastern Wisconsin counties," 20 Nov. 2019 The circular gallery was not constructed to exhibit paintings, so the curatorial team had to make dramatic changing to the lighting, including blacking out excess light from the gallery’s interior windows and adding light fixtures. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Artist Pat Steir Turns the Hirshhorn Into a Massive Color Wheel," 20 Nov. 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, 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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The first known use of excess was in the 14th century

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“Excess.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excess?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=excess01. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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