ex|cise

ex|cise
ex|cise1 (noun. EHK syz, -sys; ehk SYZ; verb. ehk SYZ», noun, verb, -cised, -cis|ing.
–n.
1. a tax on the manufacture, sale, or use of certain articles made, sold, or used within a country: »

There is an excise on tobacco.

2. a tax for a license to follow or practice certain trades or sports.
3. British. the division of the civil service in the Customs and Excise Department charged with collecting excises.
–v.t.
to force (a person) to pay an excise.
[apparently < Middle Dutch excijs < Old French acceis tax, ultimately < Latin ad- to + census tax]
ex|cise2 «ehk SYZ transitive verb, -cised, -cis|ing.
to cut out; remove: »

The editor excised passages from the book.

SYNONYM(S): expunge.
[< Latin excīsus, past participle of excīdere < ex- out + caedere cut]

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