Definition of excess adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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BrE BrE//ˈekses//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekses//
[only before noun] in addition to an amount that is necessary, usual or legal Excess food is stored as fat. Driving with excess alcohol in the blood is a serious offence. The book is hard to obtain, because of excess demand following the author’s appearance on TV.
Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin excessus, from excedere ‘go out, surpass’, from ex- ‘out’ + cedere ‘go’.
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