Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

axe

 - definition
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [countable] axe pronunciation in British English /æks/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularaxe
pluralaxes

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 2

    the axe

    mainly journalism a situation in which a government, a company, or an organization decides to end something or to get rid of a worker or their job

    Two schools face the axe.

    give someone/something the axe:

    The minister was given the axe in the 'cash for influence' scandal.

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog