excise

noun
ex·​cise | \ˈek-ˌsīz, -ˌsīs\

Definition of excise 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an internal tax levied on the manufacture, sale, or consumption of a commodity

2 : any of various taxes on privileges often assessed in the form of a license or fee

excise

verb (1)
ex·​cise | \ˈek-ˌsīz, -ˌsīs, ik-ˈsīz\
excised; excising

Definition of excise (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to impose an excise on

excise

verb (2)
ex·​cise | \ik-ˈsīz \
excised; excising

Definition of excise (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to remove by or as if by excision

Keep scrolling for more

Did You Know?

Excise takes part of its meaning from the prefix ex-, "out". A writer may excise long passages of a novel to reduce it to a reasonable length, or a film director may excise a scene that might give offense. A surgeon may excise a large cancerous tumor, or make a tiny excision to examine an organ's tissue. Excise is also a noun, meaning a tax paid on something manufactured and sold in the U.S. Much of what consumers pay for tobacco or alcohol products go to cover the excise taxes that the state and federal government charge the manufacturers. But it's only accidental that this noun is spelled like the verb, since it comes from a completely different source.

Examples of excise in a Sentence

Noun

an excise imposed on a number of goods

First Known Use of excise

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1652, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excise

Noun

obsolete Dutch excijs (now accijns), from Middle Dutch, probably modification of Old French assise session, assessment — more at assize

Verb (2)

Latin excisus, past participle of excidere, from ex- + caedere to cut

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about excise

Statistics for excise

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for excise

The first known use of excise was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for excise

excise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of excise

: a tax on certain things that are made, sold, or used within a country

ex·​cise | \ik-ˈsīz \
excised; excising

Medical Definition of excise 

: to remove by excision : resect excise a tumor

excise

noun
ex·​cise | \ˈek-ˌsīz, -ˌsīs \

Legal Definition of excise 

1 : a tax levied on the manufacture, sale, or consumption of a commodity — compare income tax, property tax

2 : any of various taxes on privileges often assessed in the form of a license or other fee — compare direct tax

Other Words from excise

excise transitive verb

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on excise

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with excise

Spanish Central: Translation of excise

Nglish: Translation of excise for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of excise for Arabic Speakers

Comments on excise

What made you want to look up excise? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

amusing and light sparring with words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!