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English definition of “excess”
/ɪkˈses/, /ˈek·ses/ n [U]
› an amount that is more than acceptable, expected, or reasonable: They both eat to excess (= a lot more than they need). The company’s losses are in excess of (= more than) $5 million. excessive
/ɪkˈses·ɪv/ adj › We felt the charges were excessive.