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



BrE BrE//ˈeksaɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksaɪz//
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a government tax on some goods made, sold or used within a country new excise duties on low-alcohol drinks a sharp increase in vehicle excise an excise officer (= an official whose job is to collect excise1) compare customs Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the general sense ‘a tax or toll’): from Middle Dutch excijs, accijs, perhaps based on Latin accensare ‘to tax’, from ad- ‘to’ + census ‘tax’ (see census).Extra examples the excise levied on beer and tobacco to increase the excise on whisky There are new excise duties on alcoholic drinks. There has been a sharp increase in vehicle excise.
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