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[n. ek-sahyz, -sahys; v. ek-sahyz, ik-sahyz] /n. ˈɛk saɪz, -saɪs; v. ˈɛk saɪz, ɪkˈsaɪz/
an internal tax or duty on certain commodities, as liquor or tobacco, levied on their manufacture, sale, or consumption within the country.
a tax levied for a license to carry on certain employments, pursue certain sports, etc.
British. the branch of the civil service that collects excise taxes.
verb (used with object), excised, excising.
to impose an excise on.
Origin of excise1
1485-95; apparently < Middle Dutch excijs, variant of accijs < Medieval Latin accīsa tax, literally, a cut, noun use of feminine past participle of Latin accīdere to cut into, equivalent to ac- ac- + cīd-, variant stem of caedere to cut + -ta feminine past participle suffix, with dt > s


[ik-sahyz] /ɪkˈsaɪz/
verb (used with object), excised, excising.
to expunge, as a passage or sentence, from a text.
to cut out or off, as a tumor.
1570-80; < Latin excīsus cut out, hewn down, past participle of excīdere to excide
Related forms
excisable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for excise
  • But the vehicle excise duty is a good idea-it's an annual tax on cars, but the rate paid depends on the efficiency of the engine.
  • It was a neat trick, to surgically excise two guys from my life at the same time.
  • Top earners often pay tax on personal and capital income, as well as social insurance and excise taxes.
  • The chancellor's cuts in fuel and vehicle excise duties for hauliers are even less justified.
  • Central leaders rail against the cancer of corruption and promise to excise it.
  • Your charts certainly demonstrate that excise tax rates and currency fluctuations can affect consumer prices.
  • They include a five-year holiday on profits tax, and exemption from import and excise duties and from some licensing requirements.
  • excise absolutely everything that gives the reader an excuse not to invite you.
  • Perez said, levies an excise tax on gasoline, but amounts vary.
  • excise taxes on tobacco sold to non-Indians have been a source of dispute for years.
British Dictionary definitions for excise


noun (ˈɛksaɪz; ɛkˈsaɪz)
Also called excise tax. a tax on goods, such as spirits, produced for the home market
a tax paid for a licence to carry out various trades, sports, etc
(Brit) that section of the government service responsible for the collection of excise, now part of HMRC
Derived Forms
excisable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: probably from Middle Dutch excijs, probably from Old French assise a sitting, assessment, from Latin assidēre to sit beside, assist in judging, from sedēre to sit


verb (transitive)
to delete (a passage, sentence, etc); expunge
to remove (an organ, structure, or part) surgically
Derived Forms
excision (ɪkˈsɪʒən) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin excīdere to cut down; see excide
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Word Origin and History for excise

"tax on goods," late 15c., from Middle Dutch excijs (early 15c.), apparently altered from accijs "tax" (by influence of Latin excisus "cut out or removed," see excise (v.)), traditionally from Old French acceis "tax, assessment" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *accensum, ultimately from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + census "tax, census" (see census). English got the word, and the idea for the tax, from Holland.


"cut out," 1570s, from Middle French exciser, from Latin excisus, past participle of excidere "cut out, cut down, cut off," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -cidere, comb. form of caedere "to cut down" (see -cide). Related: Excised; excising.

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excise in Medicine

excise ex·cise (ĭk-sīz')
v. ex·cised, ex·cis·ing, ex·cis·es
To remove by cutting.

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