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

     

    axe

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    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 2axe somebody (informal) (often used in newspapers) to remove somebody from their job Jones has been axed from the team.
  3. 3axe somebody to kill somebody with an axe
  4. 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.