Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “excise”

excise

noun [U] uk   /ˈek.saɪz/ us  
a tax made by a government on some types of goods produced and used within their own country: The excise (duty) on beer was increased under the last government.Taxation

excise

verb [T] uk   /ekˈsaɪz/ formal us  
to remove something, especially by cutting: During a three-hour operation six tumours were excised from the wall of the patient's stomach. The official censors have excised the controversial sections of the report.Removing and extractingSurgery
(Definition of excise from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of excise?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “excise”

Definitions of “excise” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More