- 1axe something (informal) (often used in newspapers) to get rid of a service, system, etc. or to reduce the money spent on it by a large amount Other less profitable services are to be axed later this year.
- 2axe somebody (informal) (often used in newspapers) to remove somebody from their job Jones has been axed from the team.
- 3axe somebody to kill somebody with an axe Word Origin Old English æx, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aaks and German Axt.Extra examples 2 500 employees were axed as part of a rationalization program. 300 jobs are to be axed at a local chemical works. The firm has already cut staff by 7 000 and is set to axe a further 4 000 jobs this year. The series was axed after only six episodes.
BrE BrE//æks//; NAmE NAmE//æks//(British English) (US English ax) [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they axe
BrE BrE//æks//; NAmE NAmE//æks//he / she / it axes
BrE BrE//ˈæksɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈæksɪz//past simple axed
BrE BrE//ækst//; NAmE NAmE//ækst//past participle axed
BrE BrE//ækst//; NAmE NAmE//ækst//-ing form axing
BrE BrE//ˈæksɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈæksɪŋ//