Excise is defined as a tax charged on certain items or goods.(noun)
A tax charged on cigarettes is an example of an excise tax.
To excise is defined as to cut out surgically.(verb)
When a tumor is surgically cut out, this is an example of excise.
See excise in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: altered (after excise) < earlier accise < MDu accijs, earlier assijs < OFr assise: see assize
See excise in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle Dutch excijs
Origin: , alteration (influenced by Latin excīsus, past participle of excīdere, to cut out)
Origin: of accijs, tax
Origin: , probably from Old French acceis
Origin: , partly from Vulgar Latin *accēnsum (Latin ad-, ad- + Latin cēnsus, tax; see census)
Origin: and partly from Old French assise, legislative ordinance; see assize.
transitive verb ex·cised, ex·cis·ing, ex·cis·es
Origin: Latin excīdere, excīs-
Origin: : ex-, ex-
Origin: + caedere, to cut; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.
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