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Meaning of excise

ex•cise

Pronunciation: (n.ek'sīz, -sīsv.ek'sīz, ik&sylpsīz'), [key]
— n., v., -cised, -cising.
—n.
  1. an internal tax or duty on certain commodities, as liquor or tobacco, levied on their manufacture, sale, or consumption within the country.
  2. a tax levied for a license to carry on certain employments, pursue certain sports, etc.
  3. the branch of the civil service that collects excise taxes.
—v.t.
  1. to impose an excise on.

ex•cise

Pronunciation: (ik-sīz'), [key]
— -cised, -cis•ing.
  1. to expunge, as a passage or sentence, from a text.
  2. to cut out or off, as a tumor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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