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axe 1

or ax  (ăks)
n. pl. ax·es (ăk′sĭz)
1. A tool with a bladed, usually heavy head mounted crosswise on a handle, used for felling trees or chopping wood.
2. Any of various bladed, handheld implements used as a cutting tool or weapon.
3. Informal A sudden termination of employment: My colleague got the axe yesterday.
4. Slang A musical instrument, especially a guitar.
tr.v. axed, ax·ing, ax·es
1. To chop or fell with or as if with an axe: axed down the saplings; axed out a foothold in the ice.
2. Informal To remove ruthlessly or suddenly: a social program that was axed to effectuate budget cuts.
Idiom:
axe to grind
A selfish or ulterior aim: He claimed to be disinterested, but I knew he had an axe to grind.

[Middle English, from Old English æx.]

axe 2

 (ăks) Nonstandard
v.
Variant of ax2.

axe

(æks) or

ax

n, pl axes
1. (Tools) a hand tool with one side of its head forged and sharpened to a cutting edge, used for felling trees, splitting timber, etc. See also hatchet
2. an axe to grind
a. an ulterior motive
b. a grievance
c. a pet subject
3. (Commerce) dismissal, esp from employment; the sack (esp in the phrase get the axe)
4. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) dismissal, esp from employment; the sack (esp in the phrase get the axe)
5. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) Brit severe cutting down of expenditure, esp the removal of unprofitable sections of a public service
6. (Instruments) slang US any musical instrument, esp a guitar or horn
vb (tr)
7. to chop or trim with an axe
8. informal to dismiss (employees), restrict (expenditure or services), or terminate (a project)
[Old English æx; related to Old Frisian axa, Old High German acchus, Old Norse öx, Latin ascia, Greek axinē]

axe


Past participle: axed
Gerund: axing

Imperative
axe
axe
Present
I axe
you axe
he/she/it axes
we axe
you axe
they axe
Preterite
I axed
you axed
he/she/it axed
we axed
you axed
they axed
Present Continuous
I am axing
you are axing
he/she/it is axing
we are axing
you are axing
they are axing
Present Perfect
I have axed
you have axed
he/she/it has axed
we have axed
you have axed
they have axed
Past Continuous
I was axing
you were axing
he/she/it was axing
we were axing
you were axing
they were axing
Past Perfect
I had axed
you had axed
he/she/it had axed
we had axed
you had axed
they had axed
Future
I will axe
you will axe
he/she/it will axe
we will axe
you will axe
they will axe
Future Perfect
I will have axed
you will have axed
he/she/it will have axed
we will have axed
you will have axed
they will have axed
Future Continuous
I will be axing
you will be axing
he/she/it will be axing
we will be axing
you will be axing
they will be axing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been axing
you have been axing
he/she/it has been axing
we have been axing
you have been axing
they have been axing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been axing
you will have been axing
he/she/it will have been axing
we will have been axing
you will have been axing
they will have been axing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been axing
you had been axing
he/she/it had been axing
we had been axing
you had been axing
they had been axing
Conditional
I would axe
you would axe
he/she/it would axe
we would axe
you would axe
they would axe
Past Conditional
I would have axed
you would have axed
he/she/it would have axed
we would have axed
you would have axed
they would have axed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.axe - an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handleaxe - an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
ax handle, axe handle - the handle of an ax
ax head, axe head - the cutting head of an ax
blade - the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge
broadax, broadaxe - a large ax with a broad cutting blade
common ax, common axe, Dayton ax, Dayton axe - an ax with a long handle and a head that has one cutting edge and one blunt side
double-bitted ax, double-bitted axe, Western ax, Western axe - an ax that has cutting edges on both sides of the head
edge tool - any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
fireman's ax, fireman's axe - an ax that has a long handle and a head with one cutting edge and a point on the other side
haft, helve - the handle of a weapon or tool
hatchet - a small ax with a short handle used with one hand (usually to chop wood)
ice ax, ice axe, piolet - an ax used by mountain climbers for cutting footholds in ice
poleax, poleaxe - an ax used to slaughter cattle; has a hammer opposite the blade
Verb1.axe - chop or split with an axaxe - chop or split with an ax; "axe wood"
hack, chop - cut with a hacking tool
2.axe - terminateaxe - terminate; "The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it"
terminate, end - bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"

axe

noun
1. hatchet, chopper, tomahawk, cleaver, adze She took an axe and wrecked the car.
verb
1. (Informal) abandon, end, pull, eliminate, cancel, scrap, wind up, turn off (informal), relegate, cut back, terminate, dispense with, discontinue, pull the plug on Community projects are being axed by the government.
2. (Informal) dismiss, fire (informal), sack (informal), remove, get rid of, discharge, throw out, oust, give (someone) their marching orders, give the boot to (slang), give the bullet to (Brit. slang), give the push to, give someone his or her P45 (informal) She was axed by the Edinburgh club in October after her comments about a referee.
an axe to grind pet subject, grievance, ulterior motive, private purpose, personal consideration, private ends I've got no axe to grind with him.
the axe (Informal) the sack (informal), dismissal, discharge, wind-up, the boot (slang), cancellation, cutback, termination, the chop (slang), the (old) heave-ho (informal), the order of the boot (slang) one of the four doctors facing the axe
Translations
بَلْطَةفَأسيَتَخَلَّص مِنيُخَفِّض النَّفَقات
sekyraomezitpropustitredukovatsekera
økse
kirvesraiumasõjakirves
kirvespotkurukkanensotakirveskenkä
sjekira
baltafejszeleszállítszekerce
öxisegja uppskera niîur
도끼
asciasecuris
apkarpytiatleistikirvissumažinti
cirvissamazinātapcirptatlaist
sekera
sekiraodpustitioklestiti
sekiraсекира
yxastridsyxa
ขวาน
baltakısıntı yapmakkısmakkovmakatmak
rìu

axe

ax (US) [æks]
A. N (= tool) → hacha f
when the axe fellcuando se descargó el golpe
to have an axe to grindtener un interés creado
I have no axe to grindno tengo ningún interés personal
to get or be given the axe [employee] → ser despedido; [project] → ser cancelado
B. VT [+ budget] → recortar; [+ project, service] → cancelar; [+ jobs] → reducir; [+ staff] → despedir

axe

[ˈæks] (British) ax (US)
nhache f
to have an axe to grind (fig)agir par intérêt, prêcher pour son saint
vt [+ employee] → renvoyer; [+ project] → abandonner; [+ jobs] → supprimer

axe

, (US) ax
nAxt f, → Beil nt; (fig)(radikale) Kürzung; to wield the axe on something (fig)etw radikal kürzen; to get or be given the axe (employee)abgesägt werden; (project)eingestellt werden; the axe has fallen on the projectdas Projekt ist dem Rotstift zum Opfer gefallen; to have an/no axe to grind (fig)ein/kein persönliches Interesse haben; axe murdererAxtmörder(in) m(f)
vt plans, projects, jobsstreichen; personentlassen

axe

ax (Am) [æks]
1. nascia, scure f
to have an axe to grind (fig) → fare i propri interessi or il proprio tornaconto
2. vt (fig) (expenditure) → ridurre drasticamente; (person) → liquidare (per ragioni economiche); (project) → annullare; (jobs) → sopprimere

axe

(ӕks) (American) ax noun
a tool with a (long) handle and a metal blade for cutting down trees and cutting wood etc into pieces.
verb
1. to get rid of; to dismiss. They've axed 50% of their staff.
2. to reduce (costs, services etc). Government spending in education has been axed.

axe

بَلْطَة sekyra økse Beil τσεκούρι hacha kirves hache sjekira ascia 도끼 bijl øks siekiera machado топор yxa ขวาน balta rìu 斧子
References in classic literature ?
He's knowed me ever since I was a little 'un an' he's a friendly sort an' I axed him some questions.
I'm sure I donna want t' go wi' the whittaws," said Molly, whimpering, and quite overcome by this Dantean picture of her future, "on'y we allays used to comb the wool for 'n at Mester Ottley's; an' so I just axed ye.
exclaimed his wife; 'an' about a three wik sin', when he seed how poor Jem shivered wi' cold, an' what pitiful fires we kept, he axed if wer stock of coals was nearly done.