Definition of excise verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

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verb
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they excise
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪz//
 
he / she / it excises
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪzɪz//
 
past simple excised
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪzd//
 
past participle excised
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪzd//
 
-ing form excising
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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excise something (from something) (formal) to remove something completely Certain passages were excised from the book. He carefully excised any passages that might cause offence. The sensor improves the precision with which surgeons can excise brain tumours. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘notch or hollow out’): from Latin excis- ‘cut out’, from the verb excidere, from ex- ‘out of’ + caedere ‘to cut’.
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