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Definition of "excise" []

  • An internal tax imposed on the production, sale, or consumption of a commodity or the use of a service within a country: excises on tobacco, liquor, and long-distance telephone calls. (noun)
  • A licensing charge or a fee levied for certain privileges. (noun)
  • To levy an excise on. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove by or as if by cutting: excised the tumor; excised two scenes from the film. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "excise" in a sentence
  • "[4] Johnson, in his Dictionary, defines EXCISE "a hateful tax, levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the _common judges_ of property, but by _wretches_ hired by those to whom excise is paid;" and, in the _Idler_ (No. 65) he calls a _commissioner of excise_ "one of the _lowest_ of all human beings.""
  • "Two quick defenses of 230: (1) What content do people want to excise from the internet?"
  • "The proposed increase in excise tax is (in my opinion)."