(The noun is pronounced [[t]ɪkse̱s[/t]]. The adjective is pronounced [[t]e̱kses[/t]].)
1) N-VAR: with supp, usu a N of n An excess of something is a larger amount than is needed, allowed, or usual.

An excess of houseplants in a small flat can be oppressive...

Polyunsaturated oils are essential for health. Excess is harmful, however.

2) ADJ: ADJ n Excess is used to describe amounts that are greater than what is needed, allowed, or usual.

After cooking the fish, pour off any excess fat...

The major reason for excess weight is excess eating.

3) N-UNCOUNT: also N in pl Excess is behaviour that is unacceptable because it is considered too extreme or immoral.

She said she was sick of her life of excess.

...adolescent excess.

...the bloody excesses of warfare and empire-building.

4) ADJ: ADJ n Excess is used to refer to additional amounts of money that need to be paid for services and activities that were not originally planned or taken into account. [FORMAL]

...a letter demanding an excess fare of ₤20...

Staff who have to travel farther can claim excess travel expenses.

5) N-COUNT: usu sing The excess on an insurance policy is a sum of money which the insured person has to pay towards the cost of a claim. The insurance company pays the rest. [BRIT, TECHNICAL]

The company wanted ₤1,800 for a policy with a ₤400 excess for under-21s.

6) PHR-PREP: PREP amount In excess of means more than a particular amount. [FORMAL]

Avoid deposits in excess of ₤20,000 in any one account...

The energy value of dried fruits is considerably in excess of that of fresh items.

7) PHRASE: PHR after v (disapproval) If you do something to excess you do it too much.

I was reasonably fit, played a lot of tennis, and didn't smoke or drink to excess...

Red meat, eaten to excess, is very high in fat and calories.

English dictionary. 2008.

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