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excess

noun uk   /ɪkˈses/ /ˈek.ses/ us  

excess noun (TOO MUCH)

C1 [S or U] an amount that is more than acceptable, expected, or reasonable: An excess of enthusiasm is not always a good thing. They both eat to excess (= too much). There will be an increase in tax for those earning in excess of (= more than) twice the national average wage. excesses [plural] actions far past the limit of what is acceptable: For many years people were trying to escape the excesses (= cruel actions) of the junta. As for shoes, her excesses (= the large number she owned) were well known.

excess noun (INSURANCE)

[U] UK (US deductible) a part of the cost of an accident, injury, etc. that you agree to pay yourself when you buy insurance: She has an excess of £200 on her home insurance policy.

excess

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈek.ses/ us  
C1 extra: Cut off any excess pastry and put it to one side.
(Definition of excess from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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