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noun     excess pronunciation in American English
/ɪkˈses/    excess pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] a larger amount of something than is usual or necessary

    Cover both sides of the meat with flour, shaking off any excess.

    excess of:

    an excess of oxygen in his bloodstream

  2. 2


    [plural] formal cruel or violent actions, especially when committed by a government, army, or police force

    the worst excesses of the regime

    1. a.
      behavior that you consider to be wrong because it is too extreme

      the usual excesses of the rock-star lifestyle

  3. 3
    [uncountable] formal a way of behaving in which you do dangerous or extreme things

    The rest of the family led a life of excess.

  4. 4
    [singular] business British an insurance deductible


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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