axe
Pronunciation Noun

axe (plural axes)

  1. A tool for felling trees or chopping wood etc. consisting of a heavy head flattened to a blade on one side, and a handle attached to it.
  2. An ancient weapon consisting of a head that has one or two blades and a long handle.
  3. (informal) A dismissal or rejection.
    Synonyms: chop, pink slip, sack, boot
    His girlfriend/boss/schoolmaster gave him the axe.
  4. (slang, music) A gigging musician's particular instrument, especially a guitar in rock music or a saxophone in jazz.
  5. (finance) A position, interest, or reason in buying and selling stock, often with ulterior motives.
    A financial dealer has an axe in a stock that his buyers don't know about, giving him an advantage in making the most profit.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

axe (axes, present participle axing; past and past participle axed)

  1. (transitive) To fell or chop with an axe.
  2. (transitive, figurative) To lay off, terminate or drastically reduce, especially in a rough or ruthless manner; to cancel.
    Synonyms: downsize, fire, lay off, Thesaurus:lay off
    The government announced its plans to axe public spending.
    The broadcaster axed the series because far fewer people than expected watched it.
    He got axed in the last round of firings.
Translations
  • Russian: руби́ть
Noun

axe (plural axes)

  1. (archaic) The axle of a wheel.
Verb

axe (axes, present participle axing; past and past participle axed)

  1. To furnish with an axle.
Verb

axe (axes, present participle axing; past and past participle axed)

  1. (now, obsolete, outside, dialects, especially, AAVE) Alternative form of ask
    • 1395, John Wycliffe, trans. Bible, 1 Corinthis 14:35:
      But if thei wolen ony thing lerne, at home axe thei her hosebondis; for it is foule thing to a womman to speke in chirche.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Luke IIi:
      And the people axed hym, sayinge: What shall we do then.

Axe
Proper noun
  1. Either of two rivers in the West Country, England.



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