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levy

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noun \ˈle-vē\

Simple Definition of levy

  • : an amount of money that must be paid and that is collected by a government or other authority

Full Definition of levy

plural lev·ies

  1. 1 a :  the imposition or collection of an assessment b :  an amount levied

  2. 2 a :  the enlistment or conscription of men for military service b :  troops raised by levy

Examples of levy

  1. <the legislators approved a new levy on imported cattle to help protect American ranchers>



Origin of levy

Middle English, from Anglo-French levé, literally, raising, from lever to raise — more at lever


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with levy


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levy

verb

Simple Definition of levy

  • : to use legal authority to demand and collect (a fine, a tax, etc.)

Full Definition of levy

lev·iedlevy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to impose or collect by legal authority <levy a tax> b :  to require by authority

  3. 2 :  to enlist or conscript for military service

  4. 3 :  to carry on (war) :  wage

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to seize property

levi·erplay noun

Examples of levy

  1. They levied a tax on imports.

  2. The government will levy a fine on the company.



14th Century

First Known Use of levy

14th century



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