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noun ex·cise \ˈek-ˌsīz, -ˌsīs\

Definition of excise

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

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

Examples of excise in a sentence

  1. an excise imposed on a number of goods

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.

Origin and Etymology of excise

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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verb ex·cise \ˈek-ˌsīz, -ˌsīs, ik-ˈsīz\

Definition of excise

excised

excising

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to impose an excise on

1652

First Known Use of excise

1652


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verb ex·cise \ik-ˈsīz\

Definition of excise

excised

excising

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to remove by or as if by excision

Origin and Etymology of excise

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


First Known Use: 1634


EXCISE Defined for English Language Learners

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noun ex·cise \ˈek-ˌsīz, -ˌsīs\

Definition of excise for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

excise

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transitive verb ex·cise \ik-ˈsīz\

Medical Definition of excise

excised

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excising

  1. :  to remove by excision :  resect <excise a tumor>


Law Dictionary

excise

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noun ex·cise \ˈek-ˌsīz, -ˌsīs\

Legal Definition of excise

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

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

excise

transitive verb


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