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English definition of “excess”

excess

noun     /ɪkˈses/
[U, no plural] more of something than is usual or needed: An excess of oil on the markets has caused prices to fall sharply.Too much and unnecessary
in excess of sth more than a particular amount or level: He earns in excess of £60,000 a year.Large in number or quantity
do sth to excess to do something too much: He occasionally has a beer, but he never drinks to excess.Too much and unnecessary
(Definition of excess noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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