• (British, America) IPA: /ˈɛkˌsaɪz/


  1. A tax charged on goods produced within the country (as opposed to customs duties, charged on goods from outside the country).
    • 1668 July 3rd, James Dalrymple, “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 547 ↗
      Andrew Houſtoun and Adam Muſhet, being Tackſmen of the Excize, did Imploy Thomas Rue to be their Collector, and gave him a Sallary of 30. pound Sterling for a year.
    • 1755, Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, "excise",
      A hateful tax levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches hired by those to whom Excise is paid.
    • 1787, Constitution of the United States of America, Article I, Section 8,
      The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts […] of the United States;
Synonyms Verb

excise (excises, present participle excising; past and past participle excised)

  1. To impose an excise tax on something.
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɛkˌsaɪz/, /əkˈsaɪz/
  • (America) IPA: /əkˈsaɪz/

excise (excises, present participle excising; past and past participle excised)

  1. To cut out; to remove.
    • 1901, Andrew Lang, Preface to the second edition of Myth, Ritual, and Religion,
      In revising the book I […] have excised certain passages which, as the book first appeared, were inconsistent with its main thesis.
    • 1987, Ann Rule, page 442 of Small Sacrifices,
      Insanity can be cured. Personality disorders are so inextricably entwined with the heart and mind and soul that it is well-nigh impossible to excise them.
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